Who Are We?
Re-engage (formerly Contact the Elderly) is the national charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation amongst older people living in the United Kingdom. Our mission is to empower older people to make new social connections, and break out of the cycle of social isolation.
Re-engage was set up by Trevor Lyttleton MBE in the early 1960s after he met an older woman in Marylebone who lived alone. Saddened by the realisation that she was just one of many older people living like this in the borough, Trevor decided to make a change and hosted his first tea party in March 1965.
Supported by a nationwide network of over 12,000 volunteers, Re-engage organises free monthly social events for small groups of isolated older people.
We provide a group activity that encourages:
Friendships to develop between older group members and volunteers
Operate at weekends, when most community services for older people are not available. Moreover, Sunday has been highlighted to us by our older guests as being a particularly lonely day of the week.
Are kept purposely small, and they meet in the welcoming environment of someone’s home.
3.6 million older people in the UK live alone, with 2 million of these aged 75 or older. 1.9 million older people have said they often feel ignored or invisible, and two fifths of all older people say that the television is their main source of company.
Volunteer Role TitleVolunteer driver
About the Volunteer RoleVolunteer with your car A volunteer driver is much more than someone who drops off and collects an older guest. Our drivers are at the heart of the organisation, forming committed connections with older people in their communities as they join the Re-engage group together. Please note that we are also looking for reserve drivers to step in when one of our regular drivers cannot attend a monthly gathering. Once you join a group as a driver, or reserve driver, you will collect and accompany one or two older people to the social gathering once a month. The monthly gathering will normally take place at another volunteer’s home. Part of your role will be to liaise with other volunteers and older guests to finalise pick-up arrangements. If you can give three or four hours each month to be part of a group of older and younger people in your local community then do please think about filling in our application form. To be a driver with us we ask that you have: Full driving licence Two references We will also do criminal records checks – a DBS.
When you can volunteerRequired to Volunteer on
Suitable for under 18'sNo
Type of roleBefriending/Support/Care, Gardening / Conservation / Practical
Special RequirementsApplication form required, Need to be able to drive, Need to have own car, References required, DBS (criminal record check that the organisation will organise)