Tea club celebrates first anniversary

16 July 2014

St Michaels PACE volunteers

On Monday 7th July St Michael’s Tea Group celebrated its First Anniversary. The Tea Group was set up in June 2013 as one of St Cuthbert’s Care Parish and Community Enablement Projects (PACE). The group is regularly attended by up to 20 members, many of whom are elderly or living alone.

The group is facilitated on a weekly basis by 4-5 volunteers on a rota basis, from a total of 21 volunteers, most of whom are Parishioners of St. Michael’s. The group runs for two hours every Monday afternoon and members receive light refreshments including delicious cakes and scones. This is followed by entertainment including quizzes and bingo and winners can choose their prizes from a selection of donated items. The members often divide into groups for the quizzes and many show their competitive side!

To help the group celebrate their first anniversary they were joined by the children’s choir from St Michael’s Primary School, who sang beautifully and who brought a few tears to the eyes of many of those present. Nicola Milne from St Cuthbert’s Care Community Services also attended and gave a short talk about the history of PACE projects in the Diocese. This was followed by a thank you from Richard McLaughlin, who was recently ordained as a Deacon. He thanked the volunteers for their support for the Tea Group by presenting each one with a certificate. One of the group members then made an impromptu speech thanking the volunteers for everything that they do and for giving up their time to support the group. Everyone then tucked into a piece of celebration cake.

Margaret Nelson
Volunteer, St Michael’s Tea Group