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Contact the Elderly chosen for The Times Christmas Appeal


Contact the Elderly is thrilled to have been selected as one of four charities to benefit from The Times Christmas Appeal 2015.

From the many charities that applied for the appeal, Contact the Elderly was chosen because of its long-standing commitment to eradicating loneliness and social isolation amongst older people, as well as the evidence that its monthly tea parties make a significant difference to the lives of its older guests.

Over the Christmas and New Year period, The Times newspaper and online editions will feature stories that reveal the breadth and depth of our work and show the impact our service has on thousands of older guests and volunteers.

Stories will include case studies from our tea party groups within GP practices, how volunteers change lives by giving up a little of their time and the power of regular face-to-face contact.

The stories (which you can read below in full) feature the fascinating lives of our older guests, volunteers and the communities in which Contact the Elderly plays an active part. For example, Rosalie was a volunteer driver for 30 years in the Wootton Bassett group and now benefits from the monthly tea parties as a guest. Storrsdale GP practice in Liverpool was the first group to launch in a GP practice and the story of how they’ve managed to reduce the strain on their services due to working with Contact the Elderly will also feature. Plus, Aviemore Men’s group will focus on how loneliness and isolation can affect men differently to women, and encourage more men to get in touch with organisations such as ours.

The coverage in The Times will not only highlight our simple solution to combating loneliness amongst the over 75's but will also encourage donations in order to help up extend our vital lifeline of friendship. 

Being chosen for The Times Christmas Appeal is also the perfect way to culminate Contact the Elderly’s exciting Golden Jubilee year, and stands us in a great position as we continue in our aim to double our service delivery by 2020.

Read our features in The Times below:

You can’t beat lively conversation to brighten up dullest day of the week (Dec 1st)

Unexpected invitation led to an enduring friendship (Dec 5th)

Here for the craic: men who beat loneliness with laughter (Dec 8th)

Just a cup of tea makes a difference (Dec 14th)

Generations become firm friends over tea and cake (17 Dec)

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