A charity dedicated to defeating loneliness is urging Scots to make someone’s day by volunteering to brighten the lives of older people over a cup of kindness.
Contact the Elderly, which organises tea parties to combat loneliness in the older generation, is backing the Scottish Government’s #MakeSomeonesDay campaign, which encourages the people of Scotland to celebrate the true essence of Scottish people – our warmth and generosity – this St Andrew’s Day (30 November).
The campaign asks Scots to mark the occasion by undertaking a small act of kindness that could have a big impact.
And Contact the Elderly says that is the perfect opportunity for Scots across the country to sign up to support their vital work.
The charity’s parties, which offer socially-isolated older people a couple of hours of companionship over tea and cakes, are held monthly on a Sunday afternoon and are run by volunteers. Volunteer hosts open their homes once or twice a year to small, friendly groups of guests who are chauffeured to the events by volunteer drivers.
Morna O’May, Contact the Elderly’s Head of Service, Scotland says:
“We see every week just how far a little time and kindness can go and an initiative like this can make such a huge, positive difference to our society and to the lives of Individuals who are perhaps feeling isolated from the rest of society. It’s a win-win situation. Our guests, who often have difficulty getting out and about, are thrilled with the opportunity to enjoy a sociable afternoon out and the volunteers get so much out of seeing how happy they’ve made someone. We are really hoping that more potential volunteers will embrace this opportunity to support us and help erase the misery of loneliness.”
Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development Ben Macpherson, said:
“This St Andrew’s Day presents a positive, inspiring opportunity for all of Scotland, in all our diversity, to celebrate the inclusive, outward-looking and compassionate spirit of our nation - by helping others and by showing generosity and kindness. On St Andrew’s Day we can all show the best of what it means to be Scottish by each of us doing something small to #MakeSomeonesDay. If each of us does something kind for another, together we can make a big, positive impact for the benefit of the whole of Scotland.”
To find out more about becoming a volunteer or guest of Contact the Elderly in Scotland, please contact Morna O'May.