A group of Dunblane Primary School pupils have been recognised for their work helping to erase loneliness among older people. The youngsters from Primaries 4-7, who are part of a Citizenship Group at the school, have been running a community café and inviting guests from Contact the Elderly which works to brighten the lives of older, socially-isolated people through regular tea parties.The charity's premise is that offering a lifeline of friendship over a cuppa can help combat the cycle of loneliness experienced by some members of our older, vulnerable generation. And in addition to providing tea and cake, the children have been entertaining guests and taking part in crafts together.
As a result a total of 28 pupils earned Contact the Elderly's Youth Involvement certificates, awarded for supporting the work of the charity which is currently running a Future of Volunteering project to encourage youngsters to become volunteers.
The awards were presented by Contact the Elderly Support Officer for the area, Lorna Dunbar.
"It's been wonderful to see the generation gap being bridged in this unique way. The children have formed real friendships with the older guests and both groups are getting so much out of it.
"The school's initiative is making a real difference to the lives of the older people they invite and it's been a real pleasure to recognise the work the youngsters are doing to support us."
Contact the Elderly organises free monthly tea parties all over Scotland each Sunday for lonely older people. Volunteer drivers take guests, who might otherwise find it difficult to get out and about,
to the gatherings, usually held in a volunteer host's home. There they can enjoy an afternoon of tea, cake and conversation in like-minded company.
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