A group which brings tea, cake and company into the lives of socially-isolated older people has launched in Kirkcaldy.
Contact the Elderly volunteer Angela Johnston has just hosted the charity’s first free monthly tea party in the area along with her husband Ross.
Guests and volunteer drivers, who accompanied them to the gathering in Windygates, enjoyed a friendly Sunday afternoon of companionship and conversation along with musical entertainment from Ross on the electronic chanter and keyboard.
Contact the Elderly was established to provide a vital lifeline of friendship for members of the older generation who live alone and who can find it difficult to get out and about. There are now more than 130 groups across Scotland meeting regularly for Sunday afternoon tea parties, usually in a local host’s home. The volunteer driver service means guests have no concerns about transport as they are chauffeured door-to-door.
Contact the Elderly development officer Jennifer Kaney said:
“We’re so pleased to have got this group up and running as it’s truly amazing what a
difference a cuppa and a little kindness can make to the life of someone who
otherwise finds it difficult to get out and socialise.
“There are still some places available for guests in the group and we’d love to hear
from anyone who would like to join us, or from someone who knows an older
person who might enjoy an afternoon out.”
The charity is also looking for more volunteer hosts in the area who would be happy to hold a party once or twice a year.
“It’s really not a great deal of time out of the volunteer’s life,” said Jennifer
but the satisfaction it gives them just can’t be measured. Just seeing the joy our
older guests get from being out and about and meeting over something as simple a
cup of tea is a huge reward.”
To find out more about becoming a volunteer or guest of Contact the Elderly in Perth and Kinross, please contact Lorna Dunbar at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 01738 730249.