Tea, cake, fun and friendship at the new Tea Timers club

February 2013

When a brand new tea time club opened its doors for the first time in Cramlington last week, the significant benefits to those attending were immediately obvious.

Tea Timers is the latest addition to St Cuthberts Care's PACE (Parish and Community Enablement) initiative which sets up projects for vulnerable, elderly and isolated people around the region. The new club will provide an unique opportunity for anyone in the local community to meet, socialise and have fun while sharing a delicious Sunday tea together and, like all our PACE projects, it is run entirely by dedicated volunteers.

Volunteer Co-ordinator at Tea Timers, Tony Turner said, "There are people in our local community who would really benefit from coming to Tea Timers and we are reaching out the hand of friendship to encourage those who may still be a little reluctant to give it a try. It was lovely to hear the guests who attended our first session describing how much it would mean to them to have the regular tea time club to look forward to every week."

For one lady in particular, Tea Timers has allowed her to socialise again, after ill health restricted her ability to travel to meet friends. Now, with Tea Timer volunteers providing door-to-door transport to and from the club, she can form new friendships closer to home.

Tea Timers is held in St Paul's church hall, Dewley in Cramlington, every Sunday between 4pm and 6pm. Quizzes, entertainment and a tasty tea time buffet costs just £1.50 per person and carers can accompany guests free of charge. If you or anyone you know would like to come along to Tea Timers, would like more information about the lunch club or would like to know how to volunteer, please ring 07944 415531.