If you enjoy tea and cake and would like to help make a difference in your local community, then look no further!

Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for isolated older people who live alone and find it difficult to get out and about by themselves. Each older person is collected from their home each month by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host's home where they meet with a small group for tea, chat and companionship.

We have over 600 groups across the country, but we are hoping to extend our service in Essex and would like to open a number of new groups in the next few years as well as continuing to support and develop our existing ones. We are looking for volunteer drivers to join these groups.

Our volunteer drivers collect one or two local older people from their homes and accompany them to an afternoon tea, held in the home of a volunteer host. The drivers will then take the guests safely home again. Our tea parties take place in a different home each month, however our volunteer drivers regularly collect the same older guest/s which means that over time real friendships develop. We are also looking for reserve drivers to collect and accompany guests occasionally when regular drivers are unavailable.

Our monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties are a vital lifeline for our older guests, and our volunteers often say that they genuinely get as much enjoyment from the gatherings as the older people do.

"Contact the Elderly is a wonderful organisation. I'm delighted to be involved. I joined

because I wanted to be of use to others, but to be honest I often wonder who's getting the benefit! I love listening to Jean, the lady I drive, telling me about her past and bringing it

all to life so vividly. I really look forward to our meetings."

Katerina, Contact the Elderly Driver


We are looking for someone with a full driving licence, who has access to a car. Volunteer drivers should have a friendly nature and be sympathetic to the needs of older people.


  • Accessibility
    Cannot be guaranteed as groups mostly meet in volunteers' homes.
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
    We look to source appropriate local training for our volunteers.
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 20/09/2017

End Date: 20/09/2018

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No No No No No No
Afternoon No No No No No No Yes
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Approx 3 hours once a month on a Sunday afternoon


This opportunity is available in: Basildon Billericay and Wickford, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping, Harlow, Maldon, Rayleigh and Rochford, Southend, Tendring, Uttlesford

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