Tea with TLC

Join Us for an Online Cuppa!

Our aim has always been, and will continue to be, to support older people from the communities of West Sussex and Surrey who are living in isolation, feel socially excluded or experiencing a deterioration in their memory.  However, with the current climate and the restrictions and advisories by the Government, we are limited in how we provide our service, at least for the foreseeable future.   Social isolation is massively on the rise as guidance is all about restricting contact with family and friends, staying at home, keeping your distance from others and limiting your time out of your home.  The world has now gone virtual as people have found different ways of communicating via digital means.  This has further intensified social isolation, particularly for older people who do not have the technical ‘knowhow’ to join this online world.

We believe that we can still bring some respite from the isolation, bring some fun and interaction into people’s homes, by hosting Virtual Tea parties over the next few months while we need to stay home and stay safe.

We have sourced and are renting on a monthly basis, easy-to-use tablets with a range of supporting services, allowing our guests to easily keep in contact with, not only TLC, but family and friends with video chat and shared photos.   These easy-to-use tablets are designed for the older generation who find technology challenging, overwhelming and inaccessible.  Each tablet is ordered, customised and personally delivered to each guest.

The tablets come with the following:

  • Unlimited Super-Fast 4G Internet (but can be hooked up to your wifi as well)
  • 24/7 Personalised Technical Help
  • Unlimited Music Streaming
  • Unlimited Easy Video & Phone Calls
  • Unlimited  Photo & Video Storage
  • Remote Access & Customisation
  • Accidental Damage Cover Insurance

They also come with no fixed contracts, and can be returned at any time at no cost and without any further obligation.

Our tea parties are hosted on the Zoom platform via the tablet, once/twice weekly for small groups.  If you have your own tablet, we would still very much like you to join our tea parties as well.  Our TLC Hosts and volunteers hand deliver tea boxes right to your doorstep to enjoy while joining in on the Zoom Tea Party.  Our teas consist of a selection of sandwiches and cakes prepared by our hosts who have been trained in Food Safety.  Included in each tea box is a fun quiz, theme or activity which will be the focus of the party – along with the food!

If you would like to host our tea parties, all costs are covered, please contact us: hosts@tapestrylunchclub.co.uk

We are able to offer this service at no cost to the guest, thanks to the very generous support from the National Lottery’s Coronavirus Community Fund. This offer is for a limited period only in line with the fund’s March 2021 expiry date.

If you think you know of anyone who would benefit from joining our tea parties, please either contact support@tapestrylunchclub.co.uk or fill in the form below and we can take it from there.  If you  prefer here is a flyer that you can share.

Game-changer!

I am thrilled that my mother can connect to me via video and we can share photos.  My family are being posted overseas and this will be a critical way of staying in contact with her.  So much better than just a phone call.  She can see where we will be living and how our children are adapting to living in a hot climate.  I love the fact that I am the Family Admin and can feel that I can support from afar.

Son of our Tea guest

Love the support I can give

Tapestry Lunch Club has offered me a way of connecting with and helping out in my community.  I am part of their Pilot scheme as a Host.  Through hosting, I am able to make a huge difference to the happiness and well being of some very special men and women living in my area.  Hosting has given me  a whole new perspective on living life to the full and the enjoyment socialising brings.

Carol-Anne, Loxwood

Such a brilliant idea

I have worked in the care sector most of my working life, and nowhere have I come across this model of day care for older people in the community.  If only there had been this kind of service when my Mum was experiencing early symptoms of dementia. She would so have loved being part of a small social group. My  Dad,  her principle carer , would also have had respite for a day.

Mrs Baker, Copsale