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Tea Parties with Friends

About us


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! We are delighted to part of the Good Morning Britain 1 Million Minutes campaign. 

Through monthly social gatherings our volunteers are helping change the lives of thousands of older people, empowering them to build new relationships and break out of the devastating cycle of social isolation. 

 By pledging your time to volunteer and becoming part of the Contact the Elderly family you can be part of that change!


Ways You Can Get Involved

Please note that some of the roles mentioned below might not be available in your area.

Pledge 120 minutes a week and become a Group Coordinator

Group Coordinators plan the monthly meet-ups and ensure that they run smoothly so that the older guests in the group are taken out each month.

Group Coordinators are organised and friendly, setting up a schedule of events for the year and liaising with the volunteer hosts and drivers. Group Coordinators will also be in contact with older guests and will usually attend the tea parties, ensuring that they go well and both the older guests and volunteers enjoy themselves. You will also be required to keep the regional support officer up to date with any changes to the group.


  • Two references
  • We will take out a DBS or PVG (Scotland)


We ask Group Coordinators to attend the majority of the monthly tea parties for their group. Often Group Coordinators have a car to assist with volunteer driving, but this is not a requirement.

Group Coordinators have regular contact with their local Support or Development Officer in the Contact the Elderly team, who provide support and advice as required.


Pledge 180 minutes a month Volunteer With Your Car

Volunteer Drivers collect and accompany the older person to the social gathering once a month. The monthly gathering will normally take place at another volunteer’s home, and part of your role will be to liaise with other volunteers and older guests to finalise pick-up arrangements. 


  • Full drivers licence
  • Two references
  • We will also take out a DBS or a PVG



Pledge 180 minutes a month and host a monthly gathering

As a Volunteer Host you will host your local Contact the Elderly group one to two times a year. You must be comfortable with inviting people into your home, and providing guests and other volunteers with refreshments and a few light snacks. Group size can range between four to eight people. 


  • A downstairs toilet and easy access to your house (e.g. not too many steps to your front door)
  •  Enough seating for eight older people

Your commitment:

  • We ask Volunteer Hosts to commit to hosts one or two gatherings a year



    First name
    Last name
    Date of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy)
    Home Telephone
    Work Telephone
    Mobile Telephone
    Email address
    Company Name (if applicable)
    Please tell us where you heard of Contact the Elderly?
    Volunteering roles
    Regular Driver - one Sunday afternoon a month
    Coordinator - to ensure smooth running of the group
    Reserve Driver - to help occasionally
    Host a tea party once or twice a year

    Volunteer Driver Details

    Car Details

    Please enter car make and type

    Registration Number

    Car registration

    Number of seats in your vehicle
    Number of seat belts
    Number of doors on your vehicle
    3rd Party Only
    Do you have a full driver's licence?
    Full licence
    Provisional licence

    Please list any extra licence endorsements


    Please give details of two people who will provide a personal reference for you (they can NOT be a partner of a member of your family)


    Referee 1 Name
    First name
    Referee 1 Address
    Address Line 1
    Address Line 2
    City / Town
    Referee 1 Telephone Number
    Referee 1 Email Address
    Referee 1 Relationship


    Referee 2 Name
    First name
    Referee 2 Address
    Address Line 1
    Address Line 2
    City / Town
    Referee 2 Telephone Number
    Referee 2 Email Address
    Referee 2 Relationship

    Volunteer Host Details

    Number of steps
    Number of steps to be negotiated
    Downstairs Toilets
    Parking and access to your house

    Please give details of parking at your home and any relevant information about access to your house including steps.

    All Applicants

    Data Protection Act: I understand and agree that, as part of a Contact the Elderly Group, my details will be held in a confidential database that is only used for communications within the Charity. I confirm that the above information is correct and that I agree to my details being held as set out above. Please tick the box to confirm.

    I agree to the terms