Contact the Elderly appeals for Witterings volunteers

AS the clocks went back, Contact the Elderly launched an appeal for volunteers living in Witterings to offer a lifeline of friendship to older people in their area.

The only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and isolation among older people, Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday tea parties for small groups of elderly people.

The charity is appealing for volunteers who are able to spare just a few hours each month to drive older guests to the monthly tea parties and enjoy a cup of tea and cakes themselves.

It also needs volunteer hosts who would be able to welcome a small group of older people and volunteers into their homes for tea once or twice a year.

Surrey and Sussex development officer Julia Rivas said: “Many people can relate to feeling a bit flat once summer’s over, but for very elderly people, the shorter days and worse weather can mean they become even more isolated, which can impact on general wellbeing and health.

“We find that our service becomes even more of a lifeline in the winter months, particularly as for many of our older guests, the Contact the Elderly gatherings are their only social outlet.”

Witterings residents interested in volunteering can contact Julia Rivas on 01273 401569 or