Recent statistics from Age Scotland have revealed 60,000 older people will spend Christmas alone and tens of thousands spending days, even weeks, in their own company.

Increasing numbers of older people live alone and are unable to get out and about as easily as they once did. Contact the Elderly, a charity which organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties, is keen to extend the lifeline of friendship to more older people in Peebles.

A guest is collected by a volunteer driver once a month. The driver accompanies them to an afternoon tea party in a volunteer host’s home. The group, made up of up to five older people and their volunteer drivers, remains the same each month so strong friendships quickly form.

Jennifer Kaney, development officer at Contact the Elderly, said:

“Being on your own at this time of year can be particularly difficult. We want anyone reading this who lives alone to consider joining our free, friendly and informal tea parties next year. Our volunteers in Peebles are a lovely bunch and would love to welcome more older people to their tea parties.

“We are also appealing to anyone who might know an older person who would enjoy our tea parties to encourage them to get in touch.”

Contact the Elderly has more than 125 groups throughout Scotland, turning loneliness into friendship for almost 900 older people.

To find out more about the tea parties, please call 01786 235034 or email