Contact the Elderly.
Contact the Elderly is a national organisation which aims to relieve the acute loneliness and isolation of people over the age of 75. We organise small groups of volunteer drivers who take elderly members to a host’s home for tea one Sunday a month. The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month, but the drivers remain the same which means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship. Our service is free.
While for some, living alone is a lifestyle choice and one they very much enjoy, for others, it can sometimes lead to feelings of social isolation and loneliness, especially as people grow older, mobility and health declines and social circles narrow.
We are now looking for volunteer drivers who can drive once a month on a Sunday (or be a reserve driver), or host a couple of times a year in their own homes. Drivers must have their own cars, and hosts must have easy access to their homes and a downstairs toilet.
Contact the Elderly
PO Box 5207
DUMBARTON G82 9AP
Winner of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012