Group Coordinators - Contact the Elderly (Worthing and Brighton Groups)

Contact the Elderly

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Being a Group Co-ordinator for Contact the Elderly is a varied, fulfilling and enjoyable role. Just a few hours a month from you can make all the difference of the lives to lonely older people.

The Co-ordinator will arrange the monthly outings, rebooks the annual host schedule and is the main contact for the group's volunteer drivers and hosts.

The Co-ordinator is also one of the drivers, picking up and accompanying 1 or 2 older guests to the monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties.

You will welcome new volunteers into the group, ensuring they understand their roles and responsibilities. You will also meet and assess new older members prior to them joining the group.

You will be supported by your Regional Development Officer/National Volunteer Support Officer, who in turn liaises with the Contact the Elderly National Office.

As Co-ordinator you spend a few hours each month organising the tea party. This involves making sure the host knows how many will be attending, the drivers are aware of date, time and which older people they will be collecting. On a yearly basis, you will contact the group's hosts and pre book future tea parties, passing the schedule on to your drivers and group guests.


The coordinator needs to be organised and practical. Good communication skills are essential as the role is pivotal to the smooth functioning of the group month to month. Therefore the capacity to get on well with others is very important.

The coordinator is expected to be a driver as well.

The coordinator needs to enjoy being around older people and to be understanding, considerate and patient.


1. Opportunity to make a very real difference to the lives of the older group guests.

2. Organisation and people skills will be put to good use.

3. Opportunity to meet people and make new friends.

Practical Considerations

This opportunity is home-based except for the tea parties which are held at a different volunteer's home each month.

As you will be driving guests to tea as well as meeting potential guests, hosts and drivers you will need to have access to a car.

When do I need to be available?

Details Flexible hours to suit the applicant. The Sunday tea parties take place once a month and depending on where the guests and volunteer hosts live, the time committment for these is ususally 4 hrs (2:15 -5:45pm).
Morning Afternoon Evening

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  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
    Expenses will be paid when incurred as a result of fulfilling the co-ordination tasks, arranging the schedule, meeting and assessing new hosts, doing the ID checks for the drivers DBS process and meeting group guests but not for attending the monthly teas.
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Support on Offer