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Scottish Parliament motions applaud Contact the Elderly


Two motions applauding the work of Contact the Elderly in Scotland and its band of volunteers have been tabled at the Scottish Parliament.

Jeremy Balfour, the Conservative member for Lothian, commends the charity and highlights how Contact the Elderly empowers older people to make new social connections by encouraging them to break out of the “detrimental cycle of social isolation” by forging inter-generational links and encouraging friendship between guests and volunteers.

Acknowledging the work the national charity has been doing, since 1965, organising free monthly afternoon tea parties for people over 75 or who live alone, Mr Balfour points out they take place on Sundays, which can be a particularly lonely day of the week for older people.

Inviting the Parliament to applaud the 1,600 volunteers who provide the vital service, he said he hopes “that the friendships of everyone involved continue well into the future.”

Meanwhile his Conservative colleague Liam Kerr, the MSP for North East Scotland, is also thanking Contact the Elderly and the International School of Aberdeen for tackling the important issues of social isolation and loneliness.

A group of pupils recently hosted a Contact the Elderly tea party at the school’s Pitfodels House premises. The students, from all over the world, organised the event as part of their International Baccalaureate which requires them to become involved in voluntary work and service.

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