There has been a good response for a new group aimed at helping battle loneliness in older people, with one exception - they need more pensioners!
A few months ago, the charity Contact the Elderly, which exists to alleviate loneliness in older people, advertised for volunteers from our area.
Jean Malcolm, Contact The Elderly coordinator for the Angus area, said: “I am delighted to say that we have had a good response from people willing to drive, and also have a few hosts and a lovely guest. The volunteers come from St Cyrus, Johnshaven, Marykirk and Montrose as well as Laurencekirk and I’m pleased that we have some lovely young people volunteering to help.
“To get the group underway, we need more hosts and of course guests in the above areas. We need people who are willing to hold a simple afternoon tea on one Sunday a year for a small group of older people, and a couple of drivers.
“Although teas are usually held in people’s homes, there is no reason why organisations such as Rotary, Inner Wheel, Guides, businesses or youth organisations and churches cannot get involved. Perhaps if you have a business, you might like to support our charity by having a tea. If you cannot manage a Sunday, we may be able to arrange another time.”
Jean added: “The monthly tea parties make an enormous difference to lonely older people and our volunteers enjoy meeting new people and making friends. Many younger people can be lonely. I do hope more people will volunteer to host, as we cannot start without you.”
To get involved contact Jean on 01356660238.