New tea party group for older folk in Lynn

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With many older people in Kings Lynn suffering from loneliness, leading UK charity Contact the Elderly is launching a new tea party group for people aged 75 and over to provide a regular and vital friendship link every month.

To help support the newly founded group, the charity is urgently appealing for volunteers in the local community to help by sparing just a few hours each month to help with the running of local tea parties – and enjoy a cuppa and cake themselves!

The charity aims to relieve the loneliness of isolated older people who live alone, by organising monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups within local communities. Each older guest is collected from their home by a volunteer driver, and is taken to a volunteer host’s home where they join a small group for tea, chat and companionship.

To help kick-start the new group in Kings Lynn, Contact the Elderly is looking for volunteer drivers who are able to collect older guests from their homes and accompany them to the tea party each month, volunteer hosts to welcome the group into their homes for tea once or twice a year and a volunteer coordinator to help organise the monthly tea parties.

Contact the Elderly’s East Anglia Development Officer, Katy Szita, said: “We’re delighted to be opening a new group in Kings Lynn and to ensure these tea parties are as successful as others held across the UK, we urgently need the support of the local community.

‘’Anyone who can spare a couple of hours one Sunday a month, has a driving licence, a car and loves drinking tea is eligible! For those interested in becoming a host, it would just involve a couple of hours once or twice a year and the coordinator role only involves a little extra regular commitment each month.

‘’It’s not a big commitment, and our volunteers genuinely get as much out of the experience as our older guests so I’d encourage anyone interested in giving something back to their community to please get in touch with us as soon as possible.

‘’We’re also looking to invite people aged 75 or over in the area to come along to our tea parties. For those living on their own, and who can sometimes feel lonely or isolated, the tea parties are a great way to get out of the house, enjoy a social occasion and make friends.

‘’Also, if anyone knows of any older people who may benefit from the tea parties, then they can refer them to our service very easily.’’

Kings Lynn residents interested in volunteering for Contact the Elderly, or joining the group as a guest, can contact Katy Szita, East Anglia Development Officer on 0208 530 0494 or email katy.szita@contact-the-elderly.org.uk

 

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