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Tea Parties with Friends

Spare Chair Sunday

Bisto Spare Chair Sunday 2017/18


November 2017 saw the launch of the second Spare Chair Sunday campaign, a partnership between Contact the Elderly and Bisto expanding on the charity’s model of free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of isolated older people. Applications to volunteer as part of the Spare Chair Sunday campaign are now CLOSEDPlease click here for more information on volunteering with Contact the Elderly on a regular basis.


We received over 2,600 applications from members of the public offering a ‘spare chair’ at their Sunday lunch table to a Contact the Elderly older guest and their volunteer driver. So far around 1,300 people have either hosted an older guest for a Spare Chair Sunday lunch or have signed up to be a regular tea party volunteer, meaning we can reach even more isolated older people with our regular monthly tea party events. We are absolutely delighted with the generosity of the general public and want to thank everyone who signed up!