“The People’s Friend” Contact The Elderly Tea Party

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In 2017, “The People’s Friend” began our flagship Hand Of Friendship campaign, in partnership with charities Contact The Elderly, the Silver Line, and the Royal Voluntary Service.

The campaign aimed to make a difference by supporting — and encouraging our readers to support — a range of worthy organisations.

Now, as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations, we’re hosting an extra special Contact The Elderly tea party right here in our offices.

On Sunday, June 30, around 80 guests and volunteers will join Editor Angela, and Jaclyn and Moira from our Design team for tea, cake and a chat.

Contact the Elderly tea parties aim to bring people back into their communities and bridge the gap between generations. The friendships made extend way beyond the monthly meetings. Volunteers often helping guests with their weekly shopping, or even inviting them into their homes for Christmas dinner.

It’s the highlight of my month

Ninety-four-year-old Glad from Cambridgeshire has been going to the tea parties for seven years.

“I get the hump sometimes, about old age and not being able to do things.

“But with the tea parties organised by Contact the Elderly, there’s something to look forward to; it’s the highlight of my month.

“And it’s not just about being taken out to tea (although the tea and cake are very good!). It’s one day when you’re not stuck in the house on your own.

“You get to meet lots of really nice new people. The atmosphere is always such a fun, happy one – we talk about all sorts!”

We’ll post some pictures from the day on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so keep checking back to see how it goes!

Click here for more information on Contact The Elderly.

Click here for more information on “The People’s Friend’s” Hand Of Friendship campaign.

Iain McDonald

Iain is Digital Content Editor at the "Friend", making him responsible for managing flow of interesting and entertaining content on the magazine's website and social media channels.