TV presenter Rachel Riley helped us launch our Spare Chair Sunday project
Contact the Elderly has been shortlisted in one of the biggest charity awards of the year for our work combatting loneliness and social isolation amongst older people across the UK. We have been shortlisted in the social care, advice and support category of The Charity Awards 2017 for our Spare Chair Sunday project.
Spare Chair Sunday, which ended in 2016, inspired thousands of volunteers to donate a spare chair, as well as their time and company, to an older person in their community and share a hot meal with them.
We are one of 30 inspiring projects shortlisted for The Charity Awards, which is the charity world’s longest-running, biggest and best-known awards ceremony. This year’s charities have been judged by an independent panel of charity leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice which other organisations can learn from.
The ten category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, will be announced at a black-tie dinner on 8 June, held in the grounds of the Tower of London.
The evening will be hosted by BBC presenter Louise Minchin, who will be joined by representatives of the shortlisted charities, as well as leaders from Britain’s best-known and best-loved charities.
Julian Chislett, chief executive of Civil Society Media, which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated all the shortlisted charities on making the highly-coveted shortlist. He said:
“The standard of entries this year was incredible, and the charities we shortlist remain a constant inspiration to all of us.
“For 17 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do. Our rigorous judging process singles out those charities with the most innovative ideas and the most inspirational approaches to delivering maximum impact.
“We wish all the charities the very best of luck on the night.”
Cliff Rich, Acting CEO of Contact the Elderly, says: ''At Contact the Elderly we are delighted to see our Spare Chair Sunday project get the recognition it deserves.
"We were able to get people talking about loneliness and social isolation and, most importantly, give them an easy and enjoyable way to help us solve this problem. Thanks to the project, we were able to take hundreds of older people out to Spare Chair Sunday lunches and recruit thousands of volunteers to our ongoing tea parties. We are thrilled to be recognised at one of the biggest charity awards ceremonies in the UK."