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Contact the elderly

Can you imagine not seeing or speaking to another person for a whole month?

For more than 140,000 people over the age of 75, this is their reality.

For the past 45 years, Contact the Elderly has been committed to making a real impact in relieving the acute loneliness and isolation felt by so many older people who live alone without family, friends or any other support nearby. 

We do this by organising monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of elderly people and volunteers within their community which brings all ages together, develops fulfilling and lasting friendships and gives the older people something to look forward to in their lives once again. 

Through over 380 groups across Britain,  our loyal network of over 5,000 volunteers provides a regular and vital friendship link every month to more than 3,000 older people over the age of 75 who live alone and are socially isolated.

Unfortunately, however, we still have far too many lonely older people on waiting lists to join in areas where we do not yet have groups, or who are waiting for additional groups to be launched in their area in order to accommodate them. 

But by leaving us a gift in your will, you can help us to continue our work, reduce our waiting lists and extend our lifeline of friendship to even more lonely older people across the country.

We rely on charitable donations and gifts to continue and expand on our valuable work, and with your support, we can:

  • Launch more new friendship groups across the country – at a cost of around £5,000 per new group;
  • Ensure existing groups are maintained and continue to flourish – at a cost of around £600 per year per group;
  • Increase our network of dedicated volunteers across the country

Mental illness, depression, and ultimately admission to residential care have all been linked to either social isolation or loneliness or both.  Moreover, over half of those aged 75 and over in this country live alone and this number is projected to double in the next 30 years. 

This means that the demand for our service is only going to increase.

A bequest in your will to Contact the Elderly will give you the knowledge that, without having to use any of your current income or investments, you can help us change the lives of lonely older people in Britain.

Of course, gifts of all sizes are welcome and will all help make a real difference to the lives of older people. With a small staff team and a dedicated and committed volunteer network, every pound donated is put to good use.

To request a legacy information pack, please contact Ruth Mantle on info@contact-the-elderly.co.uk or call 020 7 420 5812. 

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Steve Fortosis wrote on 26 Nov 12 at 5:51pm
Steve Fortosis

Contact the Elderly truly deserves our thanks for caring for seniors. I don't know what the elderly situation is like in the UK, but Florida towns lead the U.S. in both elderly population and the proportion of residents born outside the state. Believe it or not, according to the Population Reference Bureau, Sarasota, Florida also has the highest proportion of senior citizens in the United Statesthat's a full 30 percent. (Eight other Florida cities also rank among highest). We are strong advocates for seniors and their specific needs in greater Sarasota. When seniors reach a certain age, they find that they aren’t able to do everything they could do as younger adults. They may want to remain independent but not have the extra energy for cooking and housework. They may need someone to help them do errands or take them to doctor appointments and such. Elite Senior Companions offers friendly, helpful background-screened companions to help seniors in many ways. Check http://www.eliteseniorcompanions.com

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