Older guests from our Liverpool Hope group enjoyed a double celebration over the weekend.
Liverpool Hope University celebrated three years since its group launched, which also tied in perfectly with the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations which were taking place across the UK.
Guests enjoyed salmon sandwiches, a selection of homemade cakes and strawberries and cream. Also, there was an international element to the tea party as students from Ghana, Tanzania and India mingled with the older guests, something which is typical of the gatherings at Liverpool Hope.
Many Contact the Elderly groups across England, Scotland and Wales also gave their tea parties a royal twist to be part of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.
We currently have 640 groups and we support nearly 5,500 older people with our free, monthly tea parties.
The tea parties which take place in university campuses are a fantastic way for intergenerational friendships to flourish, and for students to become the next generation of volunteers.
Gwen Lightfoot, North West Development Officer for Contact the Elderly, said: ‘‘It’s really heartening to see the Liverpool Hope group flourish for three years.
‘‘The older guests really enjoy the monthly meetings. At Contact the Elderly, our work solely focusses on offering a lifeline of friendship to older people who need it most. To see the older guests interacting with the students and becoming good friends with each other makes a huge difference.
‘‘The involvement of the staff and students at Liverpool Hope has been instrumental to its success.’’
If anyone is interested in volunteering in the Liverpool area, we are looking for new drivers. Drivers volunteer one Sunday afternoon a month to drive one or two older people to the local tea parties.