Contact the Elderly

Contact the Elderly

Charity information

Contact the Elderly

Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation amongst older people, through regular face-to-face contact

Founded 1965

  • Mission statement

    Contact the Elderly organises regular monthly outings for frail, isolated, elderly people aged 75 and over who have little or no contact with the outside world.

    One house in seven in the UK is home to a pensioner who lives alone, an estimated 140,000 of whom will have gone a full month in the last year without speaking to friends, family, or neighbours, spending their lives in isolation.... Weeks alone with only visits from the home help to break the monotony, but who have precious little time to stop and chat.

    Contact the Elderly can change this, by bringing almost 5,000 older people out of their homes each month to spend happy hours in the company of others - something to look forward to and the chance to make new friends, a chance thought lost forever.

    Our get-togethers are unique because they are held in volunteer's homes, and the guests are collected from their homes by volunteers who use their own cars. This non institutional, private hospitality provides dignity and the sense of being, once again, part of a family.

    Together with the help of our fantastic volunteers we provide vital social contact to otherwise isolated older people, bringing them a sense of community and real chance at friendship.

  • Aims

    Contact the Elderly aims to:

    • Encouraging inter-generational relationships between guests and volunteers
    • Encouraging the development of social interests of older people by bringing companionship into their lives.
    • Helping isolated older people to establish social contact with those who are similarly placed
    • Providing discrete monitoring of the health and welfare of vulnerable older people
    • Alleviating the loneliness and isolation of frail, older people.
  • Overview

    Established: April 1965

    Registered Charity Number: 1146149

    Volunteers: 7500

    Phone number: 020 7240 0630

    Address: 2 Grosvenor Gardens London SW1W 0DH

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
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