National charity invites Tameside elderly to tea parties to combat loneliness
Thursday 10th August 2017 @ 15:27 by Tom Greggan
News Tameside

A national charity that aims to tackle isolation and loneliness in older people is inviting Tameside residents to monthly tea parties.

Contact the Elderly has over 630 groups in England, Scotland and Wales and their Tameside group has space for new guests to enjoy a few hours of tea and chat.

The tea parties, which are ran by volunteers, are for people aged 75 and above who live alone and would like some company on a Sunday afternoon. Guests are collected from their home by volunteer drivers and taken to a volunteer host’s home, where they meet with a small group to talk the day away.

Over 5,000 older people take part in the groups across the country and Contact the Elderly are now encouraging Tameside residents to join in. The charity wants to double the number of people it supports by 2021.

Prabina Lord-Doyle, Contact the Elderly’s North West Development Officer, said: “For older people who live alone, Sundays can be particularly long and difficult. These tea parties give people a chance to get together with others, make new friends, eat delicious cakes and enjoy a cup of tea.

“The monthly events make a real difference to the lives of those in the group and we would encourage anyone interested in coming along, or those who know of people to whom it might appeal, to get in touch.”

If you are aged 75 and above and living alone in the Tameside area, or know someone who is eligible, please email  [email protected], call 0161 460 2950 or contact the charity’s National Office on Freephone 0800 716543.