Brief History

“Contact the Elderly” is a registered charity, founded by Trevor Lyttleton in 1965. For over 40 years Contact the Elderly groups around the country have been organising free tea parties for small groups of older people, aged 75 and above, who live alone and would appreciate some company on a Sunday afternoon.

In February 2012, Contact the Elderly had over 400 groups in England, Scotland and Wales, which provide a regular, consistent and vital friendship link every month to approximately 3,400 older people, aged 75 and above.

By 2015, the charity’s 50th anniversary, Contact the Elderly aims to increase the number of groups it operates to over 600, enabling the charity to support over 5,000 older people each month – with the support of a volunteer network of over 7,500 individuals.

Contact the Elderly works by a volunteer driver collecting older persons from their home by and taking them to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. A different host welcomes the guests each month but the drivers remain the same, which helps friendships develop.

A new group opened in Taunton in February 2012 that serves the Parish of Creech St Michael and the wider area of Taunton.

Contact the Elderly’s Bristol, Bath & Somerset Development Officer, Helen Ker, said: “The Taunton group has just launched and we really want to encourage more people to join. We know that activities for people aged 75 and above are normally limited to weekdays, so Sunday can be a particularly long and difficult day. The tea parties are great opportunity to get out of the house and make new friends and can be a real tonic against loneliness.”

Creech St Michael residents, aged 75 and above, who live alone, without the support of family and friends, and who are interested in joining the Taunton Contact the Elderly group can contact Helen Ker, Bristol, Bath & Somerset Development Officer, on 0117 960 9606 or email

If you are interested in volunteering – then please also get in touch.  Hosts offer to hold a tea party once a year or drivers offer to pick up one or two elderly guests once a month (or less).

This page last updated 24th February 2012