Members of the local Contact the Elderly group will be attending a tea party at The Gunpowder Works in Oare near Faversham to celebrate Silver Sunday on 2 October 2016
Contact the Elderly is a national charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. It is supporting Silver Sunday, which is a national celebration of older people and their contribution to the communities.
The Herne Bay, Whitstable and Canterbury group is co-ordinated by Val Prosser, a lawyer in the Elderly and Vulnerable Client Team at Kent law firm Furley Page. Val organises monthly tea parties for the guests with the support of volunteer drivers and hosts.
Val says: “Gary and Sue Jasper have kindly volunteered to host the tea party at The Gunpowder Works Country Park in support of both Contact the Elderly and Silver Sunday. There will be guest speakers talking about the history of the Gunpowder Works, which was an ammunitions factory during the First World War, and about the amazing wildlife surrounding the park.
“Gary and Sue will also be donating and planting a silver birch tree in the gardens next to the visitor centre to celebrate Silver Sunday.”
Val explains that Contact the Elderly helps to combat loneliness and isolation by holding Sunday afternoon tea parties for the over-75s once a month. It is for those people who live at home alone with little or no contact from family and friends and who perhaps need some help getting out of the house. A few hours a month helps to make a lasting difference in easing their loneliness and encouraging them to get back in touch with their local community.
Val says: “It’s an opportunity to make fulfilling and lengthy friendships and the people attending these groups look forward to the monthly meetings. I became a volunteer over three years ago and it has proved worthwhile and rewarding for all those involved.”
If you would like to attend the Silver Sunday event on 2 October 2016 at The Gunpowder Works and you are over the age of 75, or you would like to become a member or volunteer of Contact the Elderly, email Val Prosser at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 01227 763939.
The Herne Bay, Whitstable and Canterbury group is also planning tea parties on November 6 and December 4. “We’re always looking for more members who would like to join our group. There is no obligation of course and no cost to those who attend,” adds Val. See our events page for more details.
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