Contact the Elderly is pleased to announce a merger with NBFA Assisting the Elderly, a fellow charity working with older people across the UK.
Following an earlier decision to cease standalone operations, NBFA will merge their remaining funds and assets with Contact the Elderly to help support more older people in living sociable and enjoyable lives. The two charities share very similar objects with regard to assisting older people and tackling loneliness.
Contact the Elderly is dedicated to reaching out to lonely and isolated older people and providing company and companionship through our free Sunday afternoon tea parties. Our model is simple yet very effective: free, monthly tea parties for small groups of older people and volunteers within their community. We bring all ages together, developing fulfilling friendships across different generations and support networks while giving everyone something to regularly look forward to.
We currently run over 710 tea parties monthly across the UK, providing real and lasting friendships to over 5,400 older people, supported by almost 10,000 volunteers.
Since 1957, NBFA has worked to tackle isolation and loneliness through practical support, especially through the provision of free friendship breaks for disadvantaged older people. In 2015, recognising that it was just one of many smaller charities trying to make a difference with limited funding, the trustees undertook a strategic review. The outcome was a decision to seek a merger with a larger charity operating in the same sector and several alternatives were researched. Very quickly, Contact the Elderly came to the fore because our method of operating has proven successful as well as being very complementary to the objectives of NBFA.
Looking forward, Contact the Elderly will be dedicating all funds received from NBFA to accelerating the creation of tea party groups based across the UK. Over the next two years, this should result in an additional 100 groups, providing nearly one thousand older people with opportunities to make new friendships and regain their social confidence. All contacts of NBFA have been signposted towards Contact the Elderly groups in their area and encouraged to consider joining their nearest tea party.
Contact the Elderly Chairman of Trustees, Christian Grobel says:
“I am delighted that NBFA has chosen Contact the Elderly as a partner and suitable home for its remaining funds, thus continuing their objectives and helping make a real difference in the lives of those older people whom NBFA has served so diligently over so many years. This combination means our service will continue to grow and develop across the UK, enabling us to provide a vital social link for ever more lonely older people in our neighbourhoods and communities.”
Former NBFA and now Contact the Elderly Trustee, Sir John de Trafford says:
“I am really pleased that the good work of the NBFA in supporting the elderly over more than 50 years will be continued through this merger with Contact the Elderly. I look forward to working with the existing trustees to ensure that we can accelerate the successful growth of the tea party groups and so make a more significant contribution to combating loneliness and isolation amongst the elderly.”
To find out more about how to get involved with Contact the Elderly, see our list of locations and contact details for your area.