Joint team party for Contact the Elderly’s Renfrewshire groups Joint team party for Contact the Elderly’s Renfrewshire groups
More than 40 people came together to enjoy an afternoon of tea, cake and conversation in Renfrewshire. Contact the Elderly’s four groups in the... Joint team party for Contact the Elderly’s Renfrewshire groups

More than 40 people came together to enjoy an afternoon of tea, cake and conversation in Renfrewshire.

Contact the Elderly’s four groups in the region had their first ever joint event at the Bowfield Country Club. The event was funded by the local GMB Union at Linwood.

As well as tea, cake and sandwiches, guests were treated to guitar and keyboard performances.

Caroline McGinlay, Support Officer at Contact the Elderly, said: “Everyone had a wonderful afternoon. This was a fantastic opportunity to bring our Renfrewshire groups together for the first time and we offer our thanks to the GMB Union and Bowfield Country Club for making this possible.

“All the guests and volunteers were sharing stories about how much their tea party groups mean to them and it was great to hear of new friendships being formed.

“One guest said how much she had enjoyed it and could have listened to the lovely music all day. Another said how much he enjoyed the outings as he had no family nearby and felt quite alone otherwise. This is just a snapshot of what our parties mean to our guests and we would love to extend that lifeline of friendship to more older people in the local area.”

Contact the Elderly is keen to support more older people who live alone in Renfrewshire, particularly in Houston, Bridge of Weir, Kilmacolm, Erskine, Bishopton, Inchinnan and Renfrew where there are currently spaces for guests.

The free parties ordinarily take place once a month in a volunteer host’s home. Guests are collected by a volunteer driver who accompanies them for an afternoon of baking and a blether.

To find out more about becoming a guest of Contact the Elderly in Renfrewshire, contact Caroline McGinlay on 0141 812 1555 or [email protected] Contact the Elderly can post leaflets to be shared with potential new guests or in community hubs.