Tea-at-Three is one of the first community initiatives that we launched! Inspired by Helen O’Hara in Mayo, it’s a wonderfully simple idea that encourages communities to check-in with their neighbours at a safe social distance.
At 3pm every Saturday, invite your neighbours to share a friendly cup of tea from their doorstep, in separate gardens, from separate balconies, over the phone, or across a video call.
The joy of this activity is that it’s totally open to interpretation and all you need is a cuppa or two. 3pm on Saturday doesn’t suit? Not to worry- how about 6pm on a Sunday?
The point is to connect communities and ensure that those who are cocooning or are particularly isolated are not left behind during this time. Plus, it’s a simple way to form lasting neighbourhood connections and build up trust in communities.
Invite the neighbours
Get started by inviting your neighbours to meet for a socially distanced cup of tea at 3pm on a Saturday that suits.
Get in touch by setting up a WhatsApp, Facebook or email group and asking them all to join, or by passing a flyer through their letterboxes. Flyers are really handy for people who aren’t online.
Choose a location
You can drink tea just about anywhere! Have a smaller catch-up on your front doorstep or garden , or aim for a larger gathering in your local green.
Weather provided, get people to break out their garden chairs and create a relaxed, socially distanced space together to sit outside and enjoy each other’s company!
Download some Tea-At-Three posters & flyers
We’ve designed some handy Tea-At-Three posters and flyers for you to download and print out at home to help spread the word about your event.
Register your community on the Neighbourhood Network Change X page for our free Tea-At-Three pack!
Put them up in your neighbourhood and get everyone to join in the fun!
Take it online
Don’t let the rain dampen your Tea-At-Three spirits! Move your tea online for a virtual Tea-At-Three.
This is a handy way for people based in rural areas and cocooners to get involved too!