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Mayor of Wellingborough helps combat loneliness


The Mayor and Mayoress of Wellingborough have chosen Contact the Elderly as their main charity for their mayoral year. They aim to raise awareness of our work in the area and help support the establishing of new groups.

Mayor Cllr Malcolm Waters said: ''I aim to help develop awareness of Contact the Elderly in the Borough over the coming year. The work the charity does is so valuable, and I’m pleased to be helping them raise their profile locally. I hope to help many isolated elderly people make new friends and thus improve their lives.''

Suzan Hyland, National Volunteer Support Officer for Contact the Elderly, said: ''It is fantastic to have the support of the Mayor and Mayoress  in Wellingborough. Our service is very simple and really makes a huge difference to the lives of the older people we help. They enjoy being taken out to tea once a month and making friends in their community.

''Our volunteers also get a great sense of fulfillment from helping older people in the community – and they get to enjoy the tea and cake too! I’d like to encourage anyone interested in volunteering, or older residents who would like to join the group as a guest, to get in touch with me.''

The first Wellingborough group was launched in January 2016 and takes out six local older residents every month with the help of volunteers, so we are looking forward to the area being given a real boost thanks to the generous support of the Mayor and Mayoress.

Contact the Elderly is hoping to launch more groups in the area and we would love to hear from anyone who would like to find out more and may  like to volunteer for us. We need drivers and tea party hosts, so we can help more isolated elderly people gain that lifeline of friendship.

Contact Suzan Hyland, National Volunteer Support Officer, on 0207 881 2361 or email

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