Last year we took over 4,500 older people to our Sunday afternoon tea parties, offering them a vital lifeline of friendship and helping them reconnect to their communities.
Unfortunately there are many more lonely and isolated elderly people who want our support, and we need your help to reach them.
"Edith is 93 and lives alone. She wants to remain in her own home but pays a high price for independence. For days on end, Edith's only contact is with her care workers. They're nice, but rarely have time to talk. So Edith sits and remembers, reverting to memories to cope with her lonely existence."
Our guests, like Edith, are elderly people (aged 75 and over) who live alone, and feel isolated in their communities. Many have difficulties getting out on their own, and often they live far from family and friends.
With the help of our fantastic volunteers and supporters we have changed the lives of many people, like Maud, 87 years old.
"Contact the Elderly has changed my life. I feel like I have a whole new set of friends to talk to. It's wonderful."
We are supported by a network of incredible volunteers, whose efforts mean that we are able to keep our costs very low; however we still incur a number of costs in providing support to our volunteers and guests.
The pie chart below shows how our funds are spent, with 89p in every £ going towards directly supporting our work.
We have Regional Development Officers across the UK working to support our groups. Regional Development Officers also play an essential role in developing new groups, as they are responsible for managing the entire process of recruiting enough volunteers and guests to make the group a success, and training volunteers to understand the responsibilities of volunteering with such a frail and vulnerable group of people.
Once the group has launched either they become the primary source of advice, support and motivation during, and continue to provide "light touch" support for years to come, helping groups when they encounter difficulties or need any additional support.
In our small national office, our staff work on promoting our work to potential volunteers and guests, reaching out to elderly people through our relationships with health professionals, the Police, Fire and Ambulance services, housing associations and others, and, of course, raising funds to support our groups.