Bobby Brooks, a volunteer host for Contact the Elderly, spent a week in isolation to raise awareness of isolation and loneliness – something thousands of older people across the UK face. His husband moved out and he had no access to the Internet or a mobile phone.
Listen to the interview here:
In this episode Bobby tells us about:
- The work Contact the Elderly do
- How he heard about the charity (it involves a certain someone who was mentioned in episode 8)
- What the Sunday tea parties are like, and why Bobby (and his husband and friends) wanted to host them
- His best memory from the tea parties
- What it was like to spend a week in complete isolation
When I worked for a national charity working with isolated older people I was lucky enough to be in contact with some of the staff at Contact the Elderly. They were always so supportive of our work. They are clearly very passionate about ending isolation and loneliness and were willing to do what they could to help as many older people as possible.
To host a tea party the only requirement is you have a downstairs toilet in your home. To find out more about Contact the Elderly and to get in touch with them please visit the Contact the Elderly website.