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Brynteg pupils host tea party for the elderly in partnership with South Wales Police

Pc Sam Thompson, PCSO Peter Simpson, pupils from Brynteg Comprehensive and members of the community at the tea party

A tea party for older residents living in the Bridgend area was hosted by a group of pupils from Brynteg Comprehensive School last week.

The event, held on Tuesday 1st July, was designed to bring people belonging to the Bridgend branch of Contact the Elderly closer together with the local community.

Eight Year 12 pupils undertook all tasks from the food shopping to table layout to preparing sandwiches, ready to welcome the older guests at 3pm. On their arrival the pupils got to work serving teas and coffee and sandwiches, whilst also interacting with the older people.

PC Sam Thompson from South Wales Police who organised the event said: “It is great to know that a charity such as Contact the Elderly exists especially as it is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and isolation in older people”.

PCSO Peter Simpson added: “The pupils worked extremely hard to prepare the tea party for the older people who use the Contact the Elderly service. The tea party was the perfect opportunity for the old and young to mix. It gave the pupils the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the needs and concerns of older people whilst it offered up the chance for members of the Bridgend Neighbour Police Team to also engage with young people”.

The pupils from Brynteg will continue with the initiative by undertaking a Christmas tea party for Contact the Elderly as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate.

South Wales Police, on behalf of Contact the Elderly, are keen to find volunteers, or organisations, across the Bridgend area who would be willing to host an annual tea party. Anyone who is interested in making a difference in their local community in this way is asked to get in touch with PC Sam Thompson or PCSO Pete Simpson by calling South Wales Police on 101

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