Contact the Elderly
Contact the Elderly is a national charity that changes the lives of lonely older people. Our Sunday afternoon tea parties are a lifeline of friendship bringing older people and volunteers together for an afternoon of stories, laughter and conversation.
Group coordinators make sure everything runs smoothly.
Every month they: Phone the host in advance to confirm the date and give an idea of numbers attending. Communicate with drivers so that everyone knows who they will be collecting. Ensure all runs smoothly on the day. Coordinators are usually drivers as well. Drivers use their own car to take one or two guests with them to the tea party every month. Coordinators are happy to take on the responsibility of running the group. Coordinators must be organised and good communicators, reliable and approachable.
You must have a car and, if you are to be a driver as well, be willing to use to take members to tea parties. You must also have a clean driving license and valid insurance.
Drivers use their own car to take one or two older guests and accompany them to a tea party one Sunday every month. Drivers also usually phone the guests they will be collecting a few days before the outing to confirm what time you will pick them up. You must have a car and be willing to use to take members to tea parties. You must also have a clean driving license and valid insurance.
Coordinators and drivers must provide two character references and have a DBS (police) check which the charity covers the cost of. Drivers must be physically capable of offering minimal assistance to more frail guests as they leave their home and get in and out of the driver’s car. We do not cover costs for our hosts and drivers.
Hosts welcome a small group into their home for tea just once or twice a year. They provide an afternoon tea for the group which usually includes some sandwiches, a bit of cakes and lots of tea. Hosts need to make sure that everyone gets a warm welcome! Hosts need to be welcoming and flexible. They also need a suitable home which is safe and has easy access and a downstairs toilet. They must be able to comfortably sit between 6 and 8 older guests.
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