An Invitation To Tea in Dalkeith
October 9, 2015
Dalkeith’s older adults are invited to enjoy tea, chat and make new friends thanks to a charity dedicated to tackling isolation.
Contact the Elderly, which celebrates its Golden Jubilee this year, is renowned for its free monthly tea parties for adults over 75 who live alone. Now the charity’s growing Dalkeith group is extending an invitation to more older people in the area.
Contact the Elderly Dalkeith meets on a Saturday afternoon once a month at the Church Hall, and is supported by a number of fantastic, kind-hearted volunteers including drivers who make it possible for guests to attend. Drivers collect guests from their homes so those who find it difficult to get out themselves are well supported.
Morna O’May, East Scotland Development Officer for Contact the Elderly said: “Our tea parties have become well-loved across Scotland for the fun and laughter they bring, and the real friendships that are formed among older people who might otherwise lack opportunities to socialise.
“Loneliness is sadly a growing problem in modern society particularly among older people. There may be someone in your own neighbourhood who is feeling isolated. The good news is Contact the Elderly is shown to make a huge difference to guests’ lives and even their health, so if you know somebody who you think may benefit please let them know about us.”
Across Scotland, Contact the Elderly supports 764 people aged 75 and over through its network of 1,035 volunteers and 92 tea party groups.
To find out about attending Contact the Elderly Dalkieth Tea Parties as a guest, or to know more about volunteering, please contact Morna O'May, East Scotland Development Officer on 01786 871264 or firstname.lastname@example.org