Driver & Tea party buddy

Contact the Elderly

Name: Driver & Tea party buddy
Organisation: Contact the Elderly
Location: Several locations, Frome, BA11 1BE


Once a month, normally on a Sunday afternoon, each older guest is collected from their home by a volunteer driver, and taken to a volunteer host’s home, where they join a small group for tea, talk and companionship. The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month, but the charity’s drivers and older guests remain the same. This means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship.

Volunteer with your car

Drivers collect the same older guest/s each month and take them to a different local host's home where they all enjoy an afternoon tea party. There are usually three to five drivers in a group and there are sometimes also one or two reserve drivers to cover for holidays and emergencies.

Requirements: All you need is a full driver's licence, a valid insurance and access to a car. As a driver we ask you to supply two references and we also take out a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).

Your commitment: We ask our drivers to commit to three to four hours one Sunday a month and to contact their older guest/s a few days before the monthly tea party to make sure they know when they are going to pick them up. RESERVE drivers fill in for regulars as and when!

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Organisation Description

Supported by a network of volunteers, Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75 and over, who live alone, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month.

Local groups cover Frome and surrounds.

There are also over 40 groups across Bristol, Bath & Somerset region, and over 750 nationally.


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Cause / Interests

  • Older people

Types of Activity

  • Befriending and Buddying
  • Driving

Skills and Qualifications


A car and driving licence


A warm glow on a Monday morning knowing they have really made a difference on a Sunday afternoon.
New friends of all generations

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 17
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: no
Restrictions: NA
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, DBS Check, References