Appeal to help ease loneliness in Ellon

Contact the Elderly Support Officer, Caroline Peter
Contact the Elderly Support Officer, Caroline Peter

With the clocks going back this weekend the dark days of winter can be particularly long and isolating for the older generation.

But a charity dedicated to defeating loneliness is hoping Ellon residents will step forward to help brighten the lives of older locals in need of company.

Contact the Elderly arranges free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties across the country to help combat social isolation and is trying to set up a group in the town.

The charity relies on a small army volunteers to support its vital work and would like to hear from potential hosts, drivers and guests.

Drivers collect guests from their home and accompany them to a gathering in a local host’s home where they can enjoy a couple of hours of tea, cake and conversation in a small, friendly group.

Caroline Peter, Contact the Elderly Support Officer, said: “We have a wonderful team of volunteers across the country but we’d like to welcome more people to join the party. We’d be delighted to hear from volunteers locally who would be willing to provide transport or open their home or business to host a party. And of course we’d love to hear from older people themselves or from anyone who knows someone they think would enjoy an afternoon out with us.

“Life can sometimes be very lonely for older people, particularly during the winter when it can be more difficult to get out and about. But our drivers chauffeur our guests door-to-door giving them peace of mind and that bit more confidence they might need to socialise with new people.

“We know just how much our regular guest and hosts elsewhere look forward to catching up and we hope to share that with some new friends because the difference a little company and a change of scenery can make is amazing.”

To find out more about becoming a volunteer or guest with Contact the Elderly in Scotland, please contact Caroline Peter on 01561 405011 or email caroline.peter@contact-the-elderly.org.uk.