Tea Party Helper - Thurrock

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 or another local venue where they meet with a small group for tea, chat and companionship.

We have over 600 groups across the country, including 6 already meeting in the Thurrock area! We are hoping to extend our service across Thurrock 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 keen, sociable volunteers to help with both new and existing groups.

As a volunteer helper you would get involved in the running of a tea party for a local group on a Sunday afternoon. You could do this once or twice a year or be involved every month - whatever suits you best. All we ask of our volunteer helpers is that you have an open heart, a friendly manner, an interest in spending time with older people and a willingness to get involved in the practicalities of putting on a tea party.

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

Not sure if it's for you or would like to find out more? You'd be most welcome to come along to one of our Thurrock tea parties to meet the guests and volunteers, find out what happens and see what you think - no obligation!

"We have a wonderful group who are cheerful, talkative and have fantastic memories. I think they are an inspiring group of people who make me feel that the future isn't bleak. They may have lost some of their mobility but they are young at heart. Putting on a tea for them is not in the least onerous. Frankly it's a pleasure I look forward to."

Pauline, Contact the Elderly helper


We are looking for friendly sociable helpers, who are happy to welcome people into the venue, put them at their ease and 'make their day'. Becoming a volunteer helper is the perfect volunteering opportunity for those who enjoy baking - your skills will be greatly appreciated! - and would like to make a difference to the lives of lonely older people. With such a small time commitment, our volunteering opportunities are perfect for those who lead busy lives.


  • 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: 28/11/2017

End Date: 28/11/2019

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Availability Details

The tea parties take place once a month on a Sunday afternoon, but helpers can arrange their involvement to suit their own commitments. Each event lasts approx 2 hours, plus preparation beforehand and 'clear-up' time afterwards.


This opportunity is available in: Thurrock

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