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Contact the Elderly
A Lifeline of Friendship
Tea Parties

Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people.

Supported by a network of volunteers, the charity organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people, aged 75 and over, who live alone. Offering a regular and vital friendship link every month.

Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month, but the drivers remain the same which means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship.

Our tea parties are a real lifeline of friendship for our older guests who have little or no contact with family or friends. They bring people of all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and give everyone involved something to look forward to each month.

Contact in South West London

We currently have several active monthly groups in Sout West London. 

If you would like to join or refer someone to one of these local groups, click here to find out more or if you would like to talk to someone about joining call our South London regional development officer:

Jane Vasudevan T: 020 7240 0630 / 07437183539

Guests are not expected to host any of the tea parties and the service is free.

To find out about groups in other areas, visit our website.

Become a Volunteer

By volunteering with Contact the Elderly you can find enjoyment and fulfilment in helping to make a real difference to the lives of older people who are otherwise isolated from family and friends.

Click here to find out how you can get involved. 

Registered Office
2 Grosvenor Gardens

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