Bearsden and Milngavie has enjoyed its first Contact the Elderly Tea Party, the event re-nowned for boosting friendships and reducing isolation among older adults.
The 50 year old charity saw its new Tea Party group launched at volunteer host Ingrid’s home in Bearsden.
With an impressive spread of sandwiches and cakes provided by Ingrid, conversation flowed with the tea, marking the beginning of new friendships and great afternoons for guests and accompanying volunteers.
Janice Kerr, Central Scotland Development Officer for Contact the Elderly, said: “We are delighted to launch our first Tea Party for Bearsden and Milngavie, where the older popu-lation can now benefit from the support and wonderful friendships these events bring.
“Thanks to Ingrid’s fabulous hospitality, and the generous donation of volunteer’s time, this was a lovely afternoon and we’re sure there will be many more to come.
“If you or anyone you know would like to find out more about how Contact the Elderly’s Tea Parties could enhance your life, either as a guest or a volunteer, we’d love to hear from you.”
Contact the Elderly, which offers a lifeline of support and friendship, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
The charity organises free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for those aged 75 and over who live alone.
A volunteer host welcomes a small local group of around six guests and four volunteer drivers, who collect guests from their houses, for a Sunday afternoon tea party.
Across Scotland, Contact the Elderly supports 764 people aged 75 and over through its network of 1,035 volunteers.
Tea parties are made possible thanks to its fantastic volunteers hosts and drivers, and po-tential volunteers are invited to get in touch.
Anyone who is interested in attending as a guest, or knows somebody who may benefit, is invited to contact Janice Kerr, Central Scotland Development Officer on 01236 898613; email
Contact the Elderly:
• Now in its Golden Jubilee year, Contact the Elderly is the only national charity, which since inception, has focussed solely on relieving the acute loneliness and isolation of older people who live alone, without family, friends or other support net-works nearby
• The Contact the Elderly model is based on a simple yet very effective model: free, monthly tea parties for small groups of older people and volunteers within their community – which bring all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and give everyone something to look forward to
• Contact the Elderly currently has over 565 groups throughout England, Scotland and Wales, providing a regular, consistent and vital friendship link every month to over 4,600 older people aged 75 and above
• There are currently over 7,400 volunteers supporting the groups: volunteer drivers collect the older guests from their homes and accompany them to tea parties, while volunteer hosts hold the tea parties in their homes
• As part of its continuing Power of Contact campaign to recruit more volunteers, Contact the Elderly aims by 2020 to double the number of isolated older people it supports
• Contact the Elderly is the winner of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012