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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.

The Hand of Friendship campaign

Tackle loneliness with us

''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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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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Tea party treat for dog lovers

Older guests from our Bathgate and Livingston groups were visited by some special guests at their tea party on August 28. Dogs from the charity Give a...

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BlueBay chooses Contact the Elderly as their charity of the year

Contact the Elderly is pleased to announce that BlueBay Asset Management has chosen us as their charity of the year. Thanks to this generous support, we...

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Running down loneliness helps make a difference

Sapphire Systems are running down loneliness after raising an impressive £2,000 for Contact the Elderly. A team of 11 staff from Sapphire took part in a race through...

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Contact the Elderly praises volunteers at awards ceremony

Contact the Elderly currently has almost 9,000 dedicated volunteers who give up their time to bring friendship back into the lives of older people. Without volunteers, the...

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Teenage volunteer to launch group in Cardonald

One of Contact the Elderly’s youngest Scottish volunteers is behind plans to set up a new group in Cardonald. Caitlin Scullion, 14, of Cardonald, first got involved...

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