had never heard of this organisation until I saw a leaflet, yet it started in
the early 1960s. I can’t remember if the leaflet came through the door or was
an insert in a magazine. Whichever, I saw it and discussed it with Rosanne. She
has a brain to die for so when she suggested I ‘go for it’ I did. All I had to
do was fill in a coupon and send it off; if I didn’t like what came back I
didn’t have to follow it through.
idea of the organisation is in the name – Visiting the Elderly, predominantly
those who live alone. In no time at all I received a lovely letter with a
request that in double quick time, after completing another more detailed form,
I received a phone call from Janine, one of the organisers who was starting a
group in my area.
was a bit apprehensive when another call came making an appointment for Janine
and her colleague, Fran, to visit. I was nervous, you see, not knowing what
would transpire from their visit. I needn’t have worried. It was all very
informal. I think my nervousness came from the fact I was now officially an old
person being offered help. It’s not something you think about until faced with
living alone but I wasn’t the sort to dwell on my circumstances. I did things,
that was fine. I was okay.
and Fran arrived and they couldn’t have been nicer. I was invited to afternoon
tea one Sunday afternoon. At someone’s house. With my own driver (Fran) who
would be my regular chauffeur. I was given a schedule of dates for afternoon
tea once a month, always on a Sunday. Apparently, there were seven of us, not
counting the volunteers, which they said was a good start.
have just been on my first one and enjoyed every minute, especially the drive
there and back in a fabulous sporty blue Mercedes with gadgets everywhere. Just
imagine owning such a thing! I can tell you, I was in my element. Marvellous!
And to think I shall be going in that beauty again. Yes!
tea consisted of a variety of fancy sandwiches, various pies, trifle, and cakes
of all description – cup cakes, slab cakes, fruit pies and tarts, followed by
chocolate sweets to die for. I knew I shouldn’t have had such a big lunch!
company was great, some fab conversations and plenty of laughs. One lady, who
bragged about being 94, had a terrific sense of humour and told us plenty of
funny tales about her life and family. Another one told us tales about her cat,
so I whipped out my phone to show pictures of Charlie. It was all very light-hearted
and enjoyable and I can’t wait to go again.
brought me home (in THAT car) and asked me to contact her if I need anything. I
won’t be a nuisance but it’s nice to know that there is someone I can ring if I
need to. I have since told a friend of mine about it. She is older than me and
lives alone, so maybe there’s a group in her area that she can go to. I know
one thing, she would never regret it.