Thank you very much to everyone who kindly offered to host a Spare Chair Sunday or became a volunteer for Contact the Elderly’s tea parties. We are hugely grateful for all your support in making Spare Chair Sunday a real success!
Over 1,600 Spare Chair Sunday volunteers have either hosted Sunday lunches or have become Contact the Elderly volunteers at regular tea parties in their communities. This means we have been able to set up many new tea party groups and take more isolated older people out to afternoon tea once a month.
250 Spare Chair Sunday lunches have happened so far and over 260 are lined up to take place soon. Once these Sunday lunches have happened, over 500 Contact the Elderly guests across the UK will have been able to enjoy a warm Sunday lunch with friendly company.
We are now no longer taking applications for people to become hosts for a Spare Chair Sunday. However, following the success of this project, we are pleased to now launch our new campaign, Be Our Guest. We are always looking to reach out to the loneliest and most socially isolated older people in our communities. To help us do this, we are calling for the public to help spread the word about our tea parties and keep an eye out for older people in their neighbourhoods who might like to come and try one out!
Connie, one of our older guests, was the star of the Spare Chair Sunday campaign and through 'Be Our Guest', we are urging people to look out for the older people that they know or work with to let them know about our free, monthly tea parties.