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Our tea party drivers 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. Drivers take older people to the parties and stay with them to enjoy the get-together. Over time, drivers and older guests get to know each other well and together you will spend many hours full of fun, laughter, and stories.

As a tea party driver, you liaise with your group coordinator and take older guests to and from the tea parties each month. Staying at the tea party is part of your role, so it’s much more than being a driver.

You will need to have a full, clean, driving license, and a PVG. You will also need to check that you are covered by your regular motor insurance policy to do this role.

Tasks include:

• Driving one to two older guests using your own car to a tea party venue and returning them home again after the event .
• Staying at the tea party to help with conversation and serve refreshments.
• Liaising with the group coordinator to confirm which older guests you will pick up.
• Informing the group coordinator of any safeguarding concerns or issues you might have.
• Following all guidance in your driver training modules to ensure that the tea parties are enjoyable, appropriate, and in line with our charitable aims.

This is a flexible, voluntary role that can easily be fitted in around your own lifestyle and availability.

Experience required: No experience necessary however we are looking for drivers with the following skills and attributes:
• Organised
• Good conversational skills
• Considerate driving ability
• Ability to navigate to new addresses
• A friendly, and empathetic approach
• Patience and understanding of supporting older people
• Basic computer literacy (including the ability to use emails)

Organisation aims and objectives

Re-engage is committed to older people being heard, valued and engaged. Our vision is a world where no one is ever too old to make friends and enjoy social interaction and our mission is to work within communities to end social isolation and loneliness in older people. WHAT WE DO? We exist to provide social connections for older people at a time in their lives when their social circles are diminishing. Our tea parties are monthly social groups open to people aged 75 and over. They are a chance for a change of scenery and regular afternoons of conversation and laughter with friends of all ages. Call companions is our telephone befriending service ensuring older people remain connected to the outside world. Call companions is available to anyone aged 75 and over who would benefit from a regular chat over the phone with a friendly volunteer. Our activity groups give those 75 and over the chance to participate in gentle exercise as they make connections with others. Community Christmas provides a free online directory of local festive events and activities taking place across the UK, which are open to local older people who would otherwise be spending Christmas alone. All our services are free to older people.










2-4 hours once a month

Frequency and commitment details

2-4 hours once a month


Travel details: You will need to have a full, clean, driving license, and a PVG. You will also need to check that you are covered by your regular motor insurance policy to do this role. This opportunity involves travelling in your local area
Minimum age: 18


Expenses details: No expenses paid
Taster available: Yes
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer