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The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012

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Tea Parties with Friends

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Transform lives with tea, chat and friendship

Trust, Talk and Tea

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Join us or refer a guest for monthly Sunday tea parties

Support our work

Support our work

Help us extend our lifeline of friendship

Become a volunteer

Become a volunteer

Transform lives with tea, chat and friendship

Trust, Talk and Tea

Be our Guest!

Join us or refer a guest for monthly Sunday tea parties

Support our work

Support our work

Help us extend our lifeline of friendship

Who are we?

Supported by a network of volunteers, Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75 and over, who live alone, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month.

Care, conversation and a cuppa

Since our first tea party held in 1965, Contact the Elderly has supported more than 100,000 lonely older people.

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“Barnett Waddingham is proud to support Contact the Elderly as it celebrates its Golden Jubilee."

Nick Salter, Senior Partner at Barnett Waddingham

"Hosting tea parties for older people in Edinburgh and seeing the difference it makes, has been extremely rewarding."

Fraser Doherty, Contact the Elderly Ambassador

"Contact the Elderly tea parties are one of the most valuable things. Most of all I admire the volunteers who give their time so generously."

Older guest, Stan, from Edinburgh

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Banbury coordinator honoured for voluntary work by Halifax

Contact the Elderly is thrilled to hear Andrew Willis, coordinator of our group in Banbury, Oxfordshire, has been chosen as a Halifax Giving Extra Award winner. Halifax...

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Older people tell their stories of love in exciting photography exhibition

Love Lived is an exciting photography project exploring the theme of love through the stories and portraits of 14 older people. The interactive exhibition aims to bridge...

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Shelagh Fogarty takes Mastermind trophy for Contact the Elderly

Contact the Elderly was thrilled to see Shelagh Fogarty win Celebrity Mastermind on Saturday 9 January with Contact the Elderly as her chosen charity. Fogarty, who is...

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Contact the Elderly: A remedy to the epidemic of loneliness

Contact the Elderly has been featured on a BBC documentary about loneliness. The Age of Loneliness was screened on Thursday 7 January on BBC One and focussed...

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David Cameron invites older people to Christmas lunch at Downing Street

Two Contact the Elderly guests from Yorkshire were invited to attend a Christmas tea party with Prime Minister David Cameron. Doris, a guest from the Batley group,...

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Students from the Netherlands send Christmas cards to Contact the Elderly guests

Contact the Elderly older guests have had a little extra sparkle added to their Christmas this year thanks to students in the Netherlands. Students at Vitalis College...

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