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Afternoon Tea Club - Jesmond

Enjoy afternoon tea, activities, company and conversation at this lovely tea club in Jesmond. Run entirely by volunteers, anyone in the local area who would like to make new friends or spend time with others is welcome, especially those who feel isolated or lonely. Every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm £2 per person. There is no charge for carers accompanying guests.

10 May 2016
North East
Local Alliances:
Jesmond Dementia Action Alliance, North East Dementia Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We are keen to help Jesmond in their mission to become a dementia friendly community. We run a Tea Club every Thursday and would love to work towards engaging more with the those affected by dementia in the community and give them a place to come every week to socialise and engage with one another.

We recently had the 'Music for Hospitals' group attend our tea club and we managed to get around 29 people from the surrounding area, many of which had dementia attend the event. This is something we would like to do more frequently and the reason as to why we are keen to join forces with the Jesmond Dementia Action Alliance.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Our main barriers is promoting our service and getting the numbers to turn up. We will overcome this by:

  • Ensuring all the carehomes in the community are aware of the tea club and what events are happening at least 2 weeks in advance
  • Ensure that the Jesmond DAA group are also made aware of any events happening at the tea club to enable them to promote this in their DAA newsletter
  • Try to arrange a couple of events a months to rally up the people and gather interest. This could include having the picture books from the 'Books on Prescription' scheme, as well as quizzes and singing events

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends

    We will ensure that all the volunteers at the Tea Club attend a Dementia Friends session to heighten their awareness and knowledge of dementia which will help them when engaging with any attendees displaying the symptoms.

  • Attend dementia services

    We would like to attend a couple of the dementia services to get a feel for what they entail so that we are able to learn what makes a dementia friendly session and then implement our learning within our tea club.

  • Promotion of the club

    We will endevour to work closely with the community and spread the word of the tea club. We want to raise our weekly attendee numbers to average around 15 a week. To do this we will devise a promotional plan that will see us working with the Jesmond DAA and carehomes to spread the word of any events we put on and thus increase awareness and momentum.