Do you have a big tea pot and a warm heart in Clevedon?

Contact The Elderly

Name: Do you have a big tea pot and a warm heart in Clevedon?
Organisation: Contact The Elderly
Location: C/O VANS, Weston Court, Oldmixon Crescent, Weston super Mare, North Somerset, BS21 7QU
Type: Part Time
One Sunday afternoon per month (3-4 hours)

Description

Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for people aged 75 and over who live on their own and sometimes find Sundays a long day without local family and friends to pop in.

We need new hosts in Portishead, Yatton and Clevedon. Hosts are volunteers (of any age) who can hold tea parties in their own homes just once or twice a year. Welcoming the small group of older guests and drivers into your home, providing afternoon tea and making a difference - really help brighten up Sunday afternoon for local older people. If you (and your family) would like to host a tea party for a small group of older people and their volunteer drivers, all you need is a downstairs toilet and easy access.

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Organisation Description

Mission - To relieve the acute loneliness of elderly housebound people living alone, by taking them on a monthly outing to tea, using small local volunteer based groups.

Contact the Elderly is a national charity established in 1965, and is still based on the same simple yet effective idea of helping to alleviate the social isolation and loneliness experience by frail elderly people that live alone without family and friends nearby.

What do we do? Alleviate loneliness
Who do we help? Isolated people over 75
When do we help? Sundays - the loneliest day

It works through a network of small monthly friendship groups with volunteer hosts, drivers and coordinators. One Sunday a month each small group of drivers picks up the same small group of elderly guests and together they go to a host's house for a simple tea party and social afternoon.

On average a group consists of one Group Coordinator (who is the main point of contact for the group and pulls together the monthly rota), 6 - 12 hosts, 3 - 6 drivers and about 8 elderly members.

We currently have three groups in Weston-super-Mare, two in Portishead and one in the Yeo area covering Yatton, Nailsea etc. We are always in need of new volunteers, especially reserve drivers who can help from time to time without much commitment.


When

  Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening

Cause / Interests

  • Elderly

Types of Activity

  • Befriending and Buddying
  • Caring
  • Catering
  • Community Work

Skills and Qualifications

Requirements

Responsible and able to seat 8 elderly people - does not matter if all the chairs are different! Other volunteers can perch, use cushions on the floor and help serve tea and cake! You need a downstairs loo and easy access (no more than 3 steps).


Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: No
Restrictions: NA
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: We currently have three groups in Weston-super-Mare, two in Portishead and one in the Yeo area covering Yatton, Nailsea etc.

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