Older person tea party helper


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 one to two times a year.



  • 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.

  • 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)

As one of our valued volunteers, you’ll receive training from Re-engage, and support and regular communications from your group coordinator. This is a fun and rewarding role which will enable you to connect with lonely older people and make a real and lasting difference to their lives.

The number of older guests attending your tea party will be confirmed by the group coordinator prior to the group meeting so you have plenty of time to plan. It is important for the older guests to have access to a downstairs toilet. They will also require seating; a combination of lounge chairs and hard back chairs is fine. Don’t worry if you don’t have chairs for all the drivers as they will be circulating and helping you if required, so you can enjoy the afternoon too. A lot of stairs can present problems, although just a few steps are usually manageable. You will be volunteering for around two hours plus setting up time once or twice a year.

Time commitment: hosting one to two tea parties a year but more if willing!

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