Contact the Elderly

Isaiah 46:4 'I am your God and will take care of you until you are old and your hair is grey. I made you and will care for you; I will give you help and rescue you.' 

Whilst having a conversation with Healthy n Happy, I was made aware of the loneliness experienced by many elderly people within our community. I was genuinely moved by some of the stories I was told and felt compelled to do something. That’s when I found out about ‘Contact the Elderly’ and wanted to volunteer as a ‘host’.  

One Sunday afternoon a month, throughout the country, Contact the Elderly groups meet for tea and companionship. These groups are a lifeline of friendship for older, isolated people. Each group is made up of 5 or 6 older members and their volunteer drivers. Each month this group visit a different host in their local area for Afternoon Tea. The host provides tea, coffee and, more importantly, cake! 

Stonelaw have kindly granted permission for me to use ‘The Meeting Place’ on a Sunday afternoon to host afternoon tea. At the moment, there are 3 other hosts in the Rutherglen area, so I would be hosting afternoon tea every 4 months. 

If you would like to help me host afternoon tea in Stonelaw and offer a warm welcome to elderly members of our community, please telephone me on 0141-579 8086. 

‘Contact the Elderly’ are also looking for new elderly members who live in the Rutherglen/Cambuslang area. If you know of anyone who meets any of the criteria below, please let me know and I can pass their details to the area co-ordinator. 

Do you know someone who... 

  • lives alone
  • is generally well into the 80s and 90s
  • is unable to get out without a little assistance
  • is without friends or relatives nearby
  • feels very lonely and lives an isolated life 

Elaine Devlin