Contact the Elderly
Contact the Elderly is a charity which has more than 120 groups in Scotland tackling the issue of loneliness through tea, cake and company. We offer a Sunday afternoon tea party, once a month, to lonely and socially isolated older people. The parties offer opportunities, for those aged 70 and over who live alone, to enjoy an afternoon out of the house at a time when they might otherwise have nowhere to go and no-one to see.
Lorna Dunbar, Support Officer at Contact the Elderly, said:
“Our local groups are very popular and have made such a difference to the lives of the older people who attend. Our volunteers also have a great time and have made real and lasting friendships through the tea parties. Such a small, and mutually beneficial, act of kindness has an immeasurable impact in tackling social isolation among the local older community. Our groups are thriving with new ones launched in Stirling and Clackmannan as well as Dunblane.
Do you know someone who would benefit from coming along to one of our tea parties? Please get in touch and let us know!
Would you be interested in volunteering for us? Volunteer drivers collect one or two older people one Sunday afternoon a month and join them for the tea party before taking them safely home. Volunteer hosts will welcome a group of between eight to 10 people into their home once or twice a year, providing tea, sandwiches, cake and, most importantly, a warm atmosphere. Hosts’ homes must have no more than a few steps to enter and a downstairs toilet. The charity also has a pool of reserve drivers and each group requires a coordinator who communicates with the rest of the group on each month’s arrangements.
New research from Contact the Elderly highlights 'Christmas anxiety' is a common festive issue
Despite Christmas Day being only six weeks away, almost three-quarters of Scotland's residents still don't know how they plan to spend the day, as a new survey reveals that almost a third of us feel anxious and worry about making plans for the festive period.
Contact the Elderly, the only national charity to tackle isolation and loneliness through face-to-face contact, commissioned the research to highlight the impact of societal pressures on families over Christmas and the impact it can have on older people left to spend Christmas alone. According to the charity, 15% of Scottish residents get anxious when making Christmas plans despite the fact that 44% make the same festive plans every year. The research also found that only 28% of people in Scotland have totally confirmed their Christmas plans for this year's festivities. For 56% of Scottish residents those plans normally involve staying at home and over a third of all respondents say that Christmas regularly involves visiting older relatives. Almost 7% of those surveyed admit to spending Christmas holidaying within the UK yet only 3% of Scottish respondents spend the day volunteering or helping out in the local community.
The charity released the festive research to coincide with the news that they've joined forces with Community Christmas, an organisation which aims to ensure no older person spends Christmas Day alone if they don't want to. The Community Christmas website lists events taking place across Scotland that are open to older, vulnerable people in the community who would otherwise be spending Christmas Day alone. Fourteen percent of those surveyed said that they would want to know about events taking place on Christmas Day across Scotland.
For more information on Community Christmas activities or uploading your own event to the site, visit: https://www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk/Christmas
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