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Contact the Elderly celebrates 50 years of its work

A recent study revealed that face-to-face contact significantly reduces the risk of depression in older people. One charity that sees the benefits of human contact first hand is Contact the Elderly.

The national charity has been tackling loneliness and social isolation amongst older people aged 75 and over since 1965 through its monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties. The impact of the tea parties is profound, with 96% of older guests saying that the tea parties give them something to look forward to.

Contact the Elderly is proudly celebrating 50 years of its work with a Golden Jubilee concert at St Paul’s Cathedral on October 29.  The evening's programme includes pieces from Sound of Music (Hammerstein), Company (Sondheim) and Ave Verum (Mozart).

The beautiful music at Contact the Elderly’s Golden Jubilee concert has been carefully selected to recreate the joyous atmosphere of Contact the Elderly’s tea parties, and celebrate the million or more friendship links that the charity has created over the last five decades.

The setting of St Paul’s Cathedral is particularly fitting because the first Contact the Elderly group was launched in London. The concert will also really benefit the Cathedral community. Older guests who perhaps have never had the chance to see inside the Cathedral, young volunteers who love music and families who want to experience an event at the Cathedral will all enjoy the event together.

Contact the Elderly hopes that an evening of poignant music will also inspire people to think more about loneliness and take action in and around the Cathedral community to help improve the situation facing millions of older people in our society. [Anchor]

Older guest, Iris, recently told Contact the Elderly: ‘‘I get lonely at times. But I try not to let it get me too down, so I go into the kitchen and sing a few songs.’’

100% of profits from the concert will go directly towards the work of Contact the Elderly, and help to eradicate loneliness and social isolation amongst older people. The evening is suitable for all and the charity will be joined under the famous dome by its volunteers, supporters and classical music fans from far and wide.

Why not come and experience the power of contact for yourself?

Find more information about the Golden Jubilee concert (including tickets) 

More information about volunteering for Contact the Elderly