Become a tea party group coordinator
Our tea party group coordinators are a vital part of the Re-engage team.
Tea parties provide a lifeline of friendship for our older people, and the regular, warm, friendly chats and companionship provide a vital link with the outside world from which they have become isolated. Over time, the members of the group will get to know each other well and together you will spend many hours full of fun, laughter, and stories.
As a tea party group coordinator, you will ensure older guests know when and where the next tea party will be held and who will be collecting them each month. This is an administrative role that requires planning and scheduling, you must be comfortable organising monthly events with volunteer hosts, socialising, communicating with people and resolving issues that might arise. You will need a DBS (England and Wales) or PVG (Scotland) for this role. Sometimes, tea party group coordinators are also drivers or hosts for their group, but this is not a requirement of being a coordinator.
- Welcoming new volunteers and ensuring they have the right checks in place.
- Checking ID documents for a DBS (England) or PVG (Scotland) when required.
- Meeting / communicating with older guests prior to them joining the group.
- Reporting group activity to Re-engage via our feedback form.
- Responding to any issues and queries from the volunteers and older guests in your group.
- Following all guidance in your group coordinator training modules to ensure that the tea parties are enjoyable, appropriate, and in line with our charitable aim.
- Reporting any safeguarding issues that may arise or have been bought to your attention.
- Planning and scheduling monthly tea parties.
- Contacting hosts and arrange a rota of venues for the year.
- Organising the monthly event, ensuring that tea party volunteers (hosts and drivers) have all the support and information they need.
- Being the main point of contact for all the volunteers and older guests in your group (an average group has a total of between four and 12 people).
This is a flexible, homebased voluntary role that can easily be fitted in around your own lifestyle and availability.
Arranging the first tea party for your group is likely to take several hours of your time; once your group is up and running, however, you will be volunteering for around four hours a month (roughly broken down into two hours for a tea party and roughly two hours mostly on admin and some travel).
This is a long-term voluntary role, so we are ideally looking for individuals who can commit to volunteering with us for at least 12 months. Expenses are paid for certain activities.
Please note that you must be at least 18 years old to volunteer as a group coordinator.
As one of our valued volunteer leaders, you will receive training, online support, and regular communications from the charity. This is a fulfilling and enjoyable role which will enable you to develop your leadership skills, gain valuable experience with a national charity and, most importantly, connect with lonely older people and make a real and lasting difference to their lives.
We are looking for tea party group coordinators with the following skills and attributes:
- Excellent communication skills
- Good administrative skills and IT literacy
- Enjoys socialising and meeting new people
- A friendly, empathetic approach
- Able to solve problems
- Patience and caring
- A passion for improving the lives of lonely and isolated older people
If this sounds like you, then please use our online application form and get in touch.
Many people enjoy volunteering for more than one role, feeling more involved and connected to others. Please have a look at our other volunteering roles to see what other opportunities we have available.
Re-engage is a charity that's positive about older age and committed to fighting loneliness so that people can have social lives and friendship however old they are. We inspire and enable meaningful connections and shared experiences within communities across the UK for older people facing loneliness and social isolation.
Our staff and volunteers work together to create better communities and help to enrich the lives of our members by giving them something to look forward to. Older people who may have felt very alone, now feel valued as individuals, continue to form friendships, and have support. We make sure that people know they are important well into old age. Respectful, determined, warm, pioneering, and local: we are Re-engage and we are bringing generations together.