Elderly residents in Perth have been attending tea parties hosted by a local charity in a bid to end their social isolation. The first event, which was held at a local care home proved so successful that the charity, Contact the Elderly, are in talks to host more.

The parties, which are hosted by volunteers, welcome any elderly people who may struggle get out and about because of disability, no means of transport or family. The tea group offer plenty of cake and company to elderly people who may otherwise be on their own. The groups were first launched 17 years ago, but the most recent event was hosted at Barchester Care Home in a bid to expand the service. Charity volunteers regularly invite people to their homes, which have disabled access and plenty of space for those who use mobility aids.

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Contact the elderly are now looking to increase their number of volunteers so that they can host more successful tea parties. They are looking for anyone who enjoys tea, cake and company.

“We are very proud that the original Perth group has been running for so many years and hope that with this second group launching we can provide companionship to even more people in the area.”

At present, Contact the Elderly are looking to increase the number of people who attend their events and hope they will be entertained by the various goodies supplied such as tea and cake which give the chance to the elderly people to enjoy who live alone in the city.

However this group was founded 17 years ago and since the second group is up and running they now offer all of the older generation which live within the local community who may benefit from their free service that is provided.

East Scotland Development Officer for Contact the Elderly, Morna O’May said: “It’s a sad fact that a lot of older people today are alone and this can have a terrible impact on their lives. “They say tea is the best medicine and in this instance that is certainly true. “I understand it may feel daunting to get in touch about joining a new group and planning to meet new people, but our parties are very informal and everyone is there to have a nice afternoon and make friends.

“We are very proud that the original Perth group has been running for so many years and hope that with this second group launching we can provide companionship to even more people in the area.”

If you would be interested in becoming a volunteer for Contact the Elderly please visit their website.

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