Contact the Elderly is a national charity, founded in 1965, which helps relieve loneliness amongst the elderly by creating small voluntary groups that organise outings for tea one Sunday afternoon a month.
Volunteers with cars collect the same one or two members and the whole group of six to ten elderly folk plus drivers meet in the home of a volunteer host. They have a short drive, visit a different host each month and benefit from being with friends and having regular companionship over the months.
Members are usually over 70, live on their own, are unable to get out without assistance and have very little support from family.
There are over 340 Contact groups throughout England, Scotland and Wales. To find out about joining a group, volunteering or checking the location of your nearest group call the freephone number listed above.