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.
Read: How To Approach Your Neighbours
Read: Getting Cocooners Involved
We’ve put together some tips to help you make this happen in your neighbourhood, read them all here!
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!