The charity hopes the Time to Talk Virtual Tea Party event, launched last year to help those most in need at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, will be even bigger when it returns from April 23 to 26.
Even before the pandemic, Age Scotland research estimated that over 200,000 older people went up to a week without speaking to a single person.
Now, after a year of intermittent lockdowns, isolation is affecting an increasing number of older people who have been unable to see friends or family.
At a time when staying connected is more important than ever, the charity’s tea party is the perfect opportunity to reach out to people you might have fallen out of touch with, while also raising money to help support lifeline services.
Brian Sloan, Age Scotland’s chief executive, said: “This has been an extremely challenging year for tens of thousands of older people in Scotland who have been dealing with the ongoing impact of loneliness and isolation.
“By hosting or taking part in a Time to Talk Virtual Tea Party this year, you’ll be making a huge difference. All fundraising efforts will go towards our vital friendship line – just £5 will enable us to make one weekly call.
“Why not set a date with family, friends or colleagues and show off those baking skills you perfected during lockdown? Settle down and have a chat, knowing you’re helping Age Scotland.”
To take part visit www.age.scot/timefortea.