"The calls are like a little ray of sunshine in an otherwise dark time."
Re-engage provides vital, life-enhancing social connections for older people at a time in their lives when their social circles are diminishing.
As the lockdown eases, we are excited about resuming our much-loved tea parties as soon as it’s safe and our groups are ready.
We are currently in contact with our tea party volunteers about this.
If you are a Re-engage tea party volunteer, please make sure you let us know if you would still like to be involved by completing our quick and easy form.
All our services are free.
Help us reach more older people feeling lonely, in the lockdown and beyond
We need funds to cover the cost of putting in place safe programmes as we work with the most vulnerable older people:
- We need to run checks on new volunteers
- Pay for training
- Pay for calls using safe systems to protect vulnerable people
Please consider supporting this work and the work we will continue to do with the older people we meet in the coming months so that we can support them for years to come.
Our vision is a world where no one is ever too old to make friends and enjoy social interaction.
We can’t increase our impact without your support, so whether you can donate, raise funds or let more people know about us, we hope you’ll accompany us on our journey.
Join a group
If you live on your own and find it difficult to get out and about, you’re not alone – we’re here to help.
Volunteering can be incredibly rewarding. Be part of the team that’s making life better for the oldest people in our communities.
Do you know an older person who lives alone and is feeling isolated? Whether they’re a friend, relative, neighbour or patient, we’re here to help.
Here’s how your donation could help us
£5 could allow us to give our invaluable volunteers essential training and support
£15 could help to bring friendship and laughter to an older person in need of company
£50 could enable us to introduce new activities that avoid social contact but give companionship to older people who are now more isolated than ever
Become a supporter by giving monthly or make a single donation online.
Our LGBT research
In July we launched an exploratory research project to hear about the types of social activity groups and services LGBT+ people aged 70+ would like to take part in. Our research shows a clear desire for more groups and services specifically for the LGBT+ community.
As a charity we conduct regular evaluations in order to better understand the views and experiences of our guests and volunteers. We surveyed and interviewed volunteers our volunteers.
Our tea parties are back
The Thurrock Re-engage tea party group 1 got together for their first tea party after eighteen long months apart during the pandemic. There were celebrations all around as the group toasted their sixth anniversary as well as the 99th birthday of one tea party guest.
With the generous support of