This year sees Barnett Waddingham partnering with national charity Contact the Elderly as they celebrate 50 years of dedicated work in combating social isolation among the older community.
Contact the Elderly (CTE) aims to provide care and support for many older people who find themselves victims of loneliness and social isolation. Dedicated CTE volunteers across the UK, work tirelessly to bring comfort, fellowship and regular contact to hundreds of vulnerable older people by organising monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties.
With research linking loneliness to ill-heath in later life, including depression, certain heart conditions and Alzheimer’s Disease, the work that CTE do is significant in tackling these issues head on.
Some of the volunteers make their homes available to host the tea parties, while others are drivers – picking up each person from their own homes on Sunday afternoons (a day often highlighted by elderly people as particularly lonely) and taking them to the hosts’ house. This practical assistance however, is really the tip of the iceberg, as the emotional, nurturing support that the volunteers offer in forging lasting and fulfilling friendships and giving these older people something tangible to look forward to, is the true benefit.
Barnett Waddingham are privileged to be associated with this incredible charity and are hoping to make a significant difference in terms of local, national and financial support.
"Barnett Waddingham is proud to support Contact the Elderly in its mission to combat isolation and loneliness amongst older people. We are delighted to support the charity as it celebrates its Golden Jubilee and 50 years of working in local communities to help bring together older people who may be feeling increasingly withdrawn from society. The charity’s concern with older people’s welfare is in line with our own commitment to supporting people later in life through our pension management services."