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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

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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

Come to tea!

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.

''The Ride 100 seemed like a fantastic event for me as I am already an avid cyclist so is good to be able to keep up the miles while also doing some good for the charity!''

Heather McCulloch, Richmond group coordinator

"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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Festive surprises put smiles on guests' faces

Over 200 Contact the Elderly guests received special Christmas cards from Dutch students this December. As guests from across the UK attended their December tea parties,...

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A journey that matters

A journey that matters

21 November 2016

A short journey in a car might not seem like something particularly special, but to thousands of older people who attend Contact the Elderly tea parties,...

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Contact the Elderly Award wins Best Older People's Project of 2016

Contact the Elderly won the prestigious title of Best Older People's Project of the Year at The Herald Society Awards in Scotland on November 2, hosted by...

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New children's book raises awareness of loneliness

We are delighted to announce the release of James and the Amazing Gift, by Nicola J. Rowley, published and ready to take up a place on...

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9 out of 10 people worry about older people in their community

9 out of 10 people feel concerned for a lonely older person in their community One third of people have noticed a lonely older person in their...

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A weekend to celebrate older people

Older people contribute enormously to society and this is something Contact the Elderly volunteers know to be very true. Every month across England, Scotland and Wales,...

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