A brew helps lonely elderly

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Dafydd and old lady
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There are many elderly people in our community who feel isolated, lonely and powerless to do anything about it.

There do assist them is Contact the Elderly - a national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness amongst older people.

15/4/07: Contact the Elderly, recipients of a Big Lottery Fund  Grant to support volunteers running Friendship Groups for isolated, older people. Pic shows Mrs Doreen Nienhuis with hostess Val Convery.

15/4/07: Contact the Elderly, recipients of a Big Lottery Fund Grant to support volunteers running Friendship Groups for isolated, older people. Pic shows Mrs Doreen Nienhuis with hostess Val Convery.

However, the charity is urgently appealing for volunteers living in the Bakewell area to spare just a few hours each month to help with the running of tea parties.

The idea behind the free monthly tea parties is to provide a regular and vital friendship link while restoring conversation and laughter to the lives of lonely older people.

Each 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.

However, the existing group in Bakewell is currently struggling to recruit volunteer drivers to pick up the older guests from their homes and accompany them to the gathering each month.

The charity is also looking for volunteer hosts in the area who are willing to welcome the group into their homes for tea once a year.

Group coordinator for Bakewell, Joyce Steele, said: “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 a year. It’s not a big commitment, and our volunteers genuinely get as much out of the experience as our older guests.”

If this sounds like it might be your cup of tea then we at the Matlock Mercury would urge you to get in touch and get involved.

Like Joyce said, it’s not a big commitment but the difference it makes to the lives lonely older people is huge.

Residents from the Bakewell area interested in volunteering for Contact the Elderly should contact Joyce Steele on 01629 812288.

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