About Us

What we do

Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people.

Supported by a network of volunteers, the charity 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.

Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month, but the drivers remain the same which means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship.

Our tea parties are a real lifeline of friendship for our older guests who have little or no contact with family or friends. They bring people of all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and give everyone involved something to look forward to each month.

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Our unique service

Michelle Hamill, Clinical Psychologist

Whilst we work closely with numerous statutory and voluntary organisations concerned with older people, our service remains unique.

We provide a group activity that encourages:

  • Inter-generational links
  • Friendships to develop between older group members and volunteers

Our groups:

  • Operate at weekends, when most community services for older people are not available.Moreover, Sunday has been highlighted to us by our older guests as being a particularly lonely day of the week.
  • Are kept purposely small, and they meet in the welcoming environment of someone’s home.

Increasingly, research highlights the link between loneliness and ill-health in later life, including depression, certain heart conditions and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Find out how you can join as a member or refer someone to a local group