Tea Party Host

  • VO93012


Description

Our Tea Party Hosts are a vital part of the Re-engage team.

Tea parties provide a lifeline of friendship for our older people, and the regular, warm, friendly chats and companionship provide a vital link with the outside world from which they have become isolated. Re-engage needs enthusiastic volunteers to be Tea Party Hosts.

This is a flexible, voluntary role that can easily be fitted in around your own lifestyle and availability. As a volunteer host you will run a local Re-engage tea party one to two times a year. You will host a group of 4 to 12 people (which includes drivers and the group coordinator as well as older guests) in either your home or a community venue. The tea parties will last around two hours and will usually take place on a Sunday afternoon. You must be comfortable socialising with people and providing guests and other volunteers with refreshments.

You will need two references and to complete an ID check for this role.

Tasks include:

  • Completing and submitting a host’s home checklist for your own home or signing a declaration if you’re hosting at an external venue before your first tea party and on an annual basis.
  • Welcoming a group of older guests and volunteer drivers into your home or to the community venue.
  • Providing and serving refreshments for your group – usually food and drinks for afternoon tea.
  • Liaising with your group coordinator to ensure dietary requirements and the older guests' needs are met prior to the tea party.
  • Informing the group coordinator of any safeguarding concerns or issues you might have.
  • Following all guidance in your host training modules to ensure that the tea parties are enjoyable, appropriate, and in line with our charitable aims.

Organisation aims and objectives

We exist to provide social connections for older people at a time in their lives when their social circles are diminishing. In 2020, 8,500 older guests were part of over 900 regular social gatherings across the UK, supported by 14,000 volunteers. However, in response to the COVID-19 crisis we suspended these social gatherings and created a new telephone befriending service for older people called call companions. As well as making sure that all those already receiving our support get a regular phone call throughout the lockdown, we are offering a call companion to anyone else of this generation who lives alone or in sheltered housing and feels lonely or isolated. We plan to make call companions a permanent addition to our work and will continue to run this new service alongside our social gatherings when things get back to normal.

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As a volunteer host you will run a local Re-engage tea party one to two times a year. The tea parties will last around two hours and will usually take place on a Sunday afternoon.

Restrictions

Experience required: We are looking for hosts with the following skills and attributes: - Organised - Good conversational skills - An enthusiasm for making genuine connections with older people in your community - A friendly, patient, and empathetic approach - Passion for entertaining, providing food and refreshments - Basic understanding of food hygiene - Basic computer literacy (including the ability to use email)
Travel details: You will host either in your home or in a community venue.
Minimum age: 18

Last updated 3 months ago