Tea Party volunteers wanted

An initiative that helps tackle loneliness amongst older people is on the hunt for more volunteers to run a group in Bakewell.

Contact the Elderly aims to relieve the acute loneliness of isolated older people aged 75 or more by organising free afternoon tea parties one Sunday a month for small groups within local communities.

The charity needs more volunteer drivers to take older guests to and from the tea parties, as well as more volunteer hosts to welcome the group into their home for tea, talk and companionship.

Being a host requires a commitment of just a couple of hours, once or twice a year, and a home with easy access and a downstairs toilet. All drivers need is a car, full driving licence and a few spare hours on one Sunday a month.

Volunteer driver Val Bradshaw said: “You really feel that you’re part of a family, doing something special and making a difference.”

Pat Yates, a host for three years, said: “I love cooking and looking after people and the older guests know I’ve made all the food, like Bakewell tarts and egg custards, so they really appreciate it.”

Residents in the Bakewell area interested in becoming a volunteer can call Mary Robinson, North & Midlands Executive Officer, on 01535 632592 or email mary.robinson@contact-the-elderly.org.uk