When Maud’s life-long friend died she fell into a downward spiral of depression. Margie had been like a sister to her: they had lived together for many years and went everywhere together. With no other friends or family to spend time with, Maud was left with an empty void she could not fill.
Maud, aged 90, remained isolated in her home for a three-year period. “When Margie died, I felt that I didn’t want to live anymore and fell into a rut, not wanting to go out”, she explains.
Five years ago, Maud spotted an advert for Contact the Elderly and decided to apply to become a guest. She spoke to a staff member who explained how the tea parties worked and he arranged for a volunteer to pick Maud up for her first tea party a couple of weeks later.
When the Sunday afternoon arrived, however, Maud was nervous about attending the tea party and was unsure about leaving her home. But Maud found the courage to go and “has never looked back since”, she says.
The group setting has enabled her to widen her social circle and form new friendships. Maud adds: “Contact the Elderly has changed my life. I feel like I have a whole new set of friends to talk to. It’s wonderful.”