|Can You Help The Elderly in Ealing?|
Charity seeks more volunteers for new group
A charity that helps tackle isolation and loneliness among older people is appealing for more help in Ealing.
Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties with small groups within local communities – providing a regular and vital friendship link every month.
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.
The charity is hoping to set up a new group in Ealing, however, it is currently struggling to recruit: volunteer drivers who are able to collect older guests from their homes and accompany them to the gathering each month and a volunteer coordinator to help organise the monthly tea parties.
Contact the Elderly’s South London Development Officer, Jane Vasudevan, said: “The charity is committed to offering a lifeline of friendship to the oldest and loneliest people, but our hopes of extending this lifeline to even more older people in Ealing are currently fading due to a real shortage of volunteers in the area.
“Anyone who can spare a couple of hours one Sunday a month, has a driving licence, a car and a capacity for drinking tea, is eligible! And for those interested in becoming a host, it would just involve a couple of hours once or twice a year. It’s not a big commitment, and our volunteers genuinely get as much out of the experience as our older guests, so I’m calling for anyone who is interested in giving something back to their community to please get in touch with me as soon as possible.”
Ealing residents interested in volunteering for Contact the Elderlyonce a month as a driver, or twice a year as a host, can contact Jane Vasudevan, South London Development Officer on 020 7240 0630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
February 13th 2015