One of Contact the Elderly’s youngest Scottish volunteers is behind plans to set up a new group in Cardonald.
Caitlin Scullion, 14, of Cardonald, first got involved with the charity as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award. She so enjoyed her time with the Glasgow South group, she has now pledged to become a regular volunteer and help establish a new group bringing the free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties to Cardonald.
As well as donating her time, Caitlin, along with her mum Christine, recently raised almost £1000 for the charity which will be match-funded by The Robertson Trust, the largest independent grant-making trust in Scotland, by taking part in the Gung Ho 5K.
Caitlin, a pupil at Craigholme School, said:
''I love attending the monthly tea parties as I get to learn a lot about the lives of older people in general whilst getting to know each member individually through one to one conversations which I really enjoy.
''Knowing that I have made someone’s day better and given them something to look forward to every month makes me feel so happy and is the main reason why I love going so much. Contact the Elderly really does improve the lives of people dramatically. And I also like eating cake.''
Last year, Contact the Elderly’s waiting list in Glasgow topped 50 older people who wanted to join tea parties in their local communities. A new group was recently launched in the Maryhill area and several more groups are currently being developed. The charity is renewing its appeal for volunteers to allow it to double its presence in the city and help those in the older community who are at risk of social isolation.
Clare Wilde, Glasgow Development Officer for Contact the Elderly, said:
''We are always so grateful to our volunteers. That they offer their time to improve someone else’s day is amazing, but for a 14-year-old girl to be so generous, when we know teenagers always have so much to do and so little time, is truly remarkable. Caitlin has not only brought such joy to our guests with her youthful energy at tea parties, she is now offering even more of her time by helping us get the newest local group up and running.''
By volunteering with Contact the Elderly you can find enjoyment and fulfilment in helping to make a real difference to the lives of older people who are otherwise isolated from family and friends.
Across Scotland, Contact the Elderly supports more than 1,000 older people through its network of more than 1,100 volunteers.
To find out more about becoming a guest of or volunteering with Contact the Elderly, contact Clare on 07715 636641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.