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. 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. We ask our drivers to commit to three to four hours one Sunday a month (3pm-5pm)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.
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) before you start as a volunteer.
We ask our drivers to commit to three to four hours one Sunday a month (3pm-5pm)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.
Citizens Advice Redhill, Reigate & Banstead
Age UK Surrey
The Salvation Army
Warlingham Lunch Club
Merstham Community Facility Trust
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