On behalf of Contact the Elderly Thurrock

Contact the Elderly Charity is truly unique in that, older people who are lonely, isolated and vulnerable are invited to join a tea party group on a Sunday afternoon once a month.

Our guests are 75 and living on their own. Our guests are collected by a volunteer driver and taken to the home of a host. Our service is on a Sunday when most other services don't operate, a day which our guests say is the loneliest one. We offer this service completely free of charge.

We raise funds to further enrich the lives of our guests i.e. Days out, theaters trips Christmas Events. A breakfast club is run by a volunteer on a Tuesday but is limited to numbers due to lack of transport.

We are desperately looking for volunteer drivers with their own cars and the sharing of community minibus. We have a minibus driver who has a MIDAS certificate.

All we ask of our volunteers is up to 4 hours once a month on a Sunday.

Thurrock Contact the Elderly launched its first group on Sept 15 we launch our 5th group in May and our 6th group in July. This is a testament on how much our service is needed in Thurrock. We regularly have referrals from Social Services, LAC's and Community Groups. Our numbers are growing as the need to reduce loneliness in Thurrock.

An example of how important the sharing of a community minibus to us is. This Monday we were taking 40 guests to Here Comes Summer Show at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon. Because we could not share a minibus and do not have the funds to hire one we could not take all our guests.

Visit www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk/volunteer to apply