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Dundee charities host Festive Tea Party for older people 

There was plenty of festive cheer at yesterday’s (28 November) Christmas Tea Party, organised by Dundee Voluntary Action, in partnership with Volunteer Dundee, Caledonia Housing Association, Dundee Community Transport, Hillcrest Housing Association and the Royal Voluntary Service. 

One hundred older people attended the event at Menzieshill Hill Community Centre, where they were treated to a performance from Wayne O’Hare as well as a carol concert from the seniors at St. Paul’s High School. They also received gift bags of useful items to help them to keep warm, keep well and keep active. Some of the attendees spend the majority of their day at home with little interaction with other people. The tea party was an opportunity for them to get out, socialise and meet new friends. 

Nicola Mitchell, Older Peoples Services Development Officer at Dundee Voluntary Action said “some of the older people who attended today were nervous to come along at first but had such a great time and have made some new connections. Thanks to all the organisations and volunteers involved in making this event such a great success and to our sponsors Blackadders, Tesco, Scotmid Co-operative, Asda, Hobbycraft, Marks and Spencers, Morrisons, Hillcrest, Caledonia. Special thanks to the Rotary Club Claverhouse for their wonderful £500 donation which was spent on gloves and hats for all our attendees.”