Project information

Ending the isolation of elderly people

Contact the Elderly groups meet one Sunday afternoon every month when small groups of elderly people are collected by volunteer drivers and taken to afternoon tea in a volunteer host's home. Our groups bring friendship and vital social contact to otherwise isolated elderly people.

Once established our groups continue running for an average of 12 years.

Charity information

Contact the Elderly

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  • Need


    “Edith is 93 and lives alone. She wants to remain in her own home but pays a high price for independence. For days on end, Edith’s only contact is with her care workers. They’re nice, but rarely have time to talk. So Edith sits and remembers, reverting to memories to cope with her lonely existence.”
    In our ageing population the problem of isolation among elderly people is growing; it is forecasted that over 2 million will be isolated by 2021. Imagine 2 million Ediths.


    Each month, the same group of elderly people are taken by their volunteer drivers for afternoon tea in a volunteer host's home. Over time friendships are made and relationships formed. Our elderly guests grow in confidence and 86% have told us that they feel happier as a result.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Relieving the acute loneliness and isolation of frail elderly people.


    » Regular group outings will give them something to look forward to and the opportunity to make friends.
    » Our volunteer drivers ensure that even those who are unable to get out on their own can join a group.

    Success will be 8 elderly people joining a new group and experiencing the joy and friendship our groups can bring.

  • Impact


    Once established our groups run for an average of 12 years, meaning that long-term relationships are formed and many more people are able to benefit from the group.
    We provide ongoing support to our groups, and are therefore about the monitor and demonstrate the benefits they bring about.


    There is a risk that one of our volunteer drivers or hosts could pull out at the last minute. We make sure that this never has to mean the cancellation of a tea party by keeping a list of reserve drivers and hosts, and providing emergency funds for taxis etc.
    We work hard to ensure that we never let an elderly person down.


    We will send donors a report on recently launched groups, detailing groups' first outings, the number of members and volunteers and other anecdotal evidence.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,201

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,466 Development Officer Salary Development Officers spend approx. 4 hours a week for a year working to launch a new group
      £850 Recruitment Volunteer and member recruitment costs, including distribution of leaflets and posters
      £470 Training and Expenses Volunteers are trained to support our members. Also emergency costs
      £415 Management and Administration Pro rata contribution to management and administration costs
  • Background


    We have groups across the UK and set up new groups according to local need and capacity.


    Our groups benefit our elderly members, and also our volunteers who gain confidence, and skills, and make new friends.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been running our groups since 1965, and currently support over 430 groups across the UK.
    Our regional staff are able to provide support to local groups and identify areas where we can launch new groups.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Regional Development Officer

    Their role is essential in developing the new group, as they are responsible for managing the entire process from recruitment through to launch.