Charity bridges the generation gap

Jacob bell received his youth involvement certificate at a contact the elderly kippen tea party

Future of Volunteering project launched 

28th May 2018 by Robert Armour 0 Comments

A charity dedicated to easing loneliness among older people is bridging the generation gap with a new youth initiative.

Contact the Elderly, which provides a social lifeline for isolated older people through monthly tea parties, has launched its Future of Volunteering project to give young people the chance to support its work and interact with the older generation.

The initiative, supporting Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, offers a range of opportunities for youngsters to become involved in the work of the charity which brightens the lives of hundreds of people across the country through tea, cake and kindness. 

Morna O’May, Contact the Elderly’s head of service in Scotland said: “It’s an exciting year for young people in Scotland and we want to help ensure that as many as possible can get involved. They are the people who will really make a difference to the future of organisations like ours.

“We will be delighted to hear from any young people or youth groups, such as the Brownies or Scouts who might want to visit their local group, or from schools who can get involved in fundraising or heightening awareness of our work.”

The first group of young people in Scotland to be officially recognised for their contribution under the scheme, have already been awarded Contact the Elderly Youth Involvement certificates.

Strlingshire’s Balfron High School pupils Eilidh Doonan, Ailsa Douglas, Murray O’May received their certificates after championing Contact the Elderly through their school’s Youth and Philanthropy Initiative, an active citizenship programme to raise awareness amongst young people about philanthropy and their local community.

Their fellow pupil Jacob Bell (pictured above) completed his volunteering hours for his Duke of Edinburgh award with the charity.  

Jacob, 14, said: “Through my time volunteering, I have managed to push myself out of my comfort zone while making conversation with some amazing people! It is something I would heavily recommend.”