Wellburn Care Homes is the first organisation to sign up to ‘There’s Always Time For Tea’ a new campaign created by Age UK Northumberland to tackle loneliness.

Wellburn House in Ovingham is holding a Tea Party on Tuesday 23 January. The care home is inviting the community to join the party to raise funds for the charity but also to promote the home as a friendly place for older people to pop in for a cup of tea or coffee.

Sophie Maccormack from Wellburn Care Homes said: “Here at Wellburn Care Homes, our doors are always open to those who may be lonely and in need of company. We understand the importance of preventing social isolation, and so Age UK Northumberland’s ‘There’s Always Time for Tea’ campaign is welcomed within the vast area of Northumberland.”

Research suggests that there are over 5000 lonely older people in Northumberland. More than 10 percent of older people say they feel very or always lonely, 6% only leave their house once a week or less and many say that their only source of company is the television. This year Age UK Northumberland is campaigning to reduce loneliness in the county through the development of a Friendship Line and befriending services and all of the funds raise from ‘There’s Always Time For Tea’ will go towards the development of a new Friendship Line for the county.

This January – March, build friendships one cup at a time and reach out to thousands of older people in Northumberland. Get involved with Age UK Northumberland’s new campaign, ‘There’s Always Time for Tea’ and invite a neighbour for tea, hold a fundraising Tea Party or host a Tea Dance. Every £5 that you raise will fund a befriending call - this could be the only communication that an older person receives each week!

To get involved and join the fight against loneliness, simply register your Tea Party, Coffee Morning or Tea Dance event with Age UK Northumberland and they will support you with fundraising materials and promotion. To find out more or to register your event, please contact: / 01670 784 800

Helen Lawson