New social group for the over 75s in Crowborough

A national charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and isolation among older people, is inviting residents in Crowborough to join its monthly tea parties and enjoy a few hours of chat and good company.

CTE-LOGO-1965Contact the Elderly, with the support of thousands of volunteers all across the UK, organises monthly tea parties for small groups of older people, aged 75 and above, who live alone and would like some company on a Sunday afternoon.  Each guest is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home, where they meet with a small group for tea, chat and friendship.  The group is 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.

Contact the Elderly’s Regional Development Officer, Julia Rivas, said:

For older people who live alone, Sundays can be particularly long and difficult.  These tea parties give people a chance to get together with others, make new friends, eat delicious cakes and enjoy a cup of tea.  The monthly events make a real difference to the lives of those in the group and we would encourage anyone interested in coming along, or those who know of people to whom it might appeal, to get in touch.

We want to try and reach out to older people who are really isolated in the Crowborough community.  There are many people who have no family or friends nearby and these are the people we seek to help.  We’re asking neighbours, support workers and healthcare professionals to see if they know anyone they can recommend to our service.

Around-teh-table-at-Ken30The Crowborough group is set to launch on Sunday 21st June and there are spaces available for older guests to join the group.

Crowborough residents, aged 75 and above, who live alone without the support of family and friends, and are interested in joining the Crowborough ‘Contact the Elderly’ group can phone Julia Rivas, Surrey, West and East Sussex Development Officer on 01273 401569 or email

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