While the demographics of this part of the city are quite young on average, there are plenty of older people here too and I am very willing to bet that there are dozens who don't have loving families who could tap into this as a way of making new friends and staying in touch with society. So, please do have a think about people who you think might benefit and put them in touch with Contact The Elderly. I've cut-and-pasted their press release below as it has all the contact details and more information about how the charity operates.
CHARITY INVITES OLDER PEOPLE IN WEST BRISTOL TO JOIN THEM FOR A CUPPA, CAKE and GOOD COMPANY!
Contact the Elderly, the charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and isolation among older people, is inviting local residents to join up to new local friendship groups in the West Bristol area and enjoy free, regular, monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties.
The charity, with the support of a volunteer network, aims to relieve the acute loneliness and isolation of people over the age of 75 who live alone, without the help of nearby family, by organising monthly Sunday tea parties for small groups of older people within their local community.
Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. 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.
We are launching 3 new groups in the areas of Clifton, Redland and Neighbours, and Outer NW Bristol so we have capacity for a number of new guests to join and the charity is keen to raise awareness of these openings among the local community.
Contact the Elderly’s Bristol Development Officer, Helen Ker, said: “The charity is committed to offering a lifeline of friendship to the oldest and loneliest people in Bristol, but by their very nature, it’s often a challenge to get the word out to those who would benefit most from joining. We therefore wanted to make people aware that these groups are looking for new members and to encourage anyone interested in coming along, or those who know of people to whom it might appeal, to get in touch with us.
“Our friendship group represents a great opportunity to make new friends within the community, to get out of the house, and to generally have a good time! Perfect for those looking for ways to brighten up a weekend.”