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WHATVolunteer drivers pick up senior citizens from their homes and take them to the home of a volunteer host. The volunteer and seniors spend a few hours together enjoying a Sunday afternoon social tea.
WHYTo give the opportunity for seniors who live alone without family or friends living nearby, to socialize and combat lonliness felt on the weekend when many senior services are unavailable.
WHERE Organization:Contact the Elderly.
London England, Scotland, Wales. United Kingdom (UK)

Program Description

"I felt that I had come out of a dark tunnel into the light. Before I joined Contact, I thought that my life had ended and now it's started again!"

-Elderly guest of The "Sunday Afternoon Senior Tea Social" Program

"Our tea parties are a real lifeline of friendship for our older members who have little or no contact with any family or friends. They bring people of all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and give everyone involved something to look forward to each month."

The "Sunday Afternoon Senior Social Tea" Program allows for the same group of seniors to meet once a month and provides a senior social routine to break up any loneliness which may be experienced for seniors who live alone.

The senior social program gathers at a volunteers' home and has a sense of belonging to a group than sitting in a hall or public building. The goal is for acquaintances to turn into friends and loneliness to be replaced by companionship.

The "Sunday Afternoon Senior Tea Social" Program operates on the weekend when most community services for older people are not available making Sunday a day when seniors can feel particularly lonely.

Volunteers can help in several capacities by hosting the senior social, driving and providing senior transportation, coordinating the events or help with administrative and marketing the program.




Find out more about the "Sunday Afternoon Senior Social Tea" Program

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