New Weston charity set up for elderly

PUBLISHED: 12:30 26 September 2011

Weston  rotary president Richard Purgas, David Ray, Steward Evans and Nick Bennett, contact the elderly together charity, Weston golf club.

Weston rotary president Richard Purgas, David Ray, Steward Evans and Nick Bennett, contact the elderly together charity, Weston golf club.

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A CHARITY group aiming to tackle isolation among the elderly has been set up in Weston.

Contact the Elderly is inviting over-75s to enjoy free tea parties every Sunday afternoon.

Each person is collected from their home by a driver and taken to a volunteer’s home for the afternoon.

Contact the Elderly’s Helen Ker said: “The charity is committed to offering a lifeline of friendship to the oldest and loneliest people in Weston.

“It is often a challenge to get the word out to those who would most benefit from joining.

We want to make people aware that this new local group is looking for guests and to encourage anyone interested in coming along to get in touch with us.

“Our friendship groups represent a great opportunity to make new friends within the community, to get out of the house, and to generally have a good time.”

The charity is also looking for more volunteers to host tea parties twice a year.

Ms Ker said: “Being a host requires a commitment of just a couple of hours and anyone who has a downstairs toilet and a decent sized teapot is eligible.

“Our volunteers genuinely get as much out of the experience as our older members, so I’m calling for anyone who is interested in giving something back to their community.”

Weston residents aged over 75 who live alone or without the support of family and friends should contact Ms Ker on 0117 9609606 or email helen.ker@contact-the-elderly.org.uk to join.

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