Volunteers wanted for tea party group

A national charity is launching a new tea party group for older people in Horsham.

UK charity Contact the Elderly is launching the group for people aged 75 and over to provide a regular and vital friendship link every month.

To help support the newly founded group, the charity is urgently appealing for volunteers in the local community to help by sparing just a few hours each month to help with the running of local tea parties – and enjoy a cuppa and cake themselves.

The charity aims to relieve the loneliness of isolated older people who live alone, by organising monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups within local communities. Each older guest is collected from their home by a volunteer driver, and is taken to a volunteer host’s home where they join a small group for tea, chat and companionship.

To help kick-start the new group in Horsham, Contact the Elderly is looking for volunteer hosts to welcome the group into their homes for tea once or twice a year.

Contact the Elderly’s Regional Development Officer Julia Rivas said: “It’s not a big commitment, and our volunteers genuinely get as much out of the experience as our older guests so I’d encourage anyone interested in giving something back to their community to please get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

Those interested should  call Julia on 01273 401569 or email

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