Volunteer Tea Party Host

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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 work as 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 once or twice a year. You will host a group of four to 12 people (which includes drivers, the group co-ordinator 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 co-ordinator to ensure dietary requirements and the older guests' needs are met prior to the tea party
*Informing the group co-ordinator 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

Re-engage exists to support older people who live alone and find it hard to get out in normal times. The Covid-19 crisis is particularly devastating for these people and many are feeling incredibly vulnerable, especially those with few family members or friends to talk to. In response to the crisis we’ve suspended our regular social gatherings and, with the help of our dedicated volunteers, have set up a UK-wide call companions service. Older people who are feeling alone can receive a regular friendly phone call throughout the crisis and beyond, for as long as they want it. No one should have to face this crisis alone. We won’t leave anyone behind.


Travel details: You will be volunteering for around two hours plus setting up time once or twice a year from your home
Minimum age: 18


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