Help for the elderly

I WAS deeply concerned to learn that more than 2,000 charities are being forced to close their services as local authorities cut and withdraw funding, according to research uncovered by The Guardian.

While many services for the elderly are being closed and the cost of council-run services is rising in many areas of the UK, I wanted to make you aware of the free service we offer for older people in the Chichester, Bognor and Witterings areas.

Contact the Elderly is dedicated to tackling extreme loneliness and social isolation among older peopled aged 75 and above, who live alone without the support of family or friends. We organise monthly tea parties for 28 elderly people in the area, through a network of volunteers.

These gatherings provide a vital friendship link: our older members continually tell us how important these gatherings are to them, providing companionship - in what is otherwise a lonely existence.

We are currently expanding our service, with many new groups opening up across the country, so we aim to help even more elderly people who are being affected by the cuts.

Locally, we would love to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer and become a part of these life-changing projects.

Julia Rivas,

Regional development officer for Sussex and Surrey,

Contact the Elderly