Re-Engage Ltd

Ending the isolation of elderly people

Contact the Elderly is a national charity which aims to alleviate acute loneliness amongst isolated older people aged 75 and over . Since we were established we have supported over 100,00 older guests & we want to continue to meet this ever increasing need by increasing the number of groups

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1146149)

Check mark Match funded

Amount raised

£18,554

Donations

94

    Category

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • OtherOther

    Helping

Location

  • Contact the Elderly is a superb organisation from every angle: it gets you out of the house, it gives you the opportunity to meet new people, and for people like me living on their own it's so important.

    — Gladys, 82, Cambridge group

  • The time I feel most lonely is after six o'clock at night but when I have been out to a Contact the Elderly tea then I don't feel lonely at all, just fresh memories of a lovely afternoon out with friends. It is good getting out and meeting people. It has

    — Harold, 89, Ilkley group

  • When my driver knocked on my door to take me to my first tea party five years ago, it changed my life. Contact the Elderly has given me 5 years of happiness and something to belong to.

    — Maud, 89, Lambeth group

Situation

“Edith is 93 and lives alone. She wants to remain in her own home but pays a high price for independence. For days on end, Edith’s only contact is with her care workers. They’re nice, but rarely have time to talk. So Edith sits and remembers, reverting to memories to cope with her lonely existence.” In our ageing population the problem of isolation among elderly people is growing; it is forecasted that over 2 million will be isolated by 2021. Imagine 2 million Ediths.

Solution

Each month, the same group of older guests are taken by their volunteer drivers for afternoon tea in a volunteer host's home. Over time friendships are made and relationships formed. Our elderly guests grow in confidence and 86% have told us that they feel happier as a result.