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Fight loneliness in Northumberland and invite a neighbour for tea, hold a Tea Party or host a Tea Dance. Build friendships one cup at a time and reach out to thousands of older people in the county.

There's Always Time For Tea
January 2018 - March 2018

Get members of your community or organisation together and host a Tea Party to raise money for older people in Northumberland. 'There's Only Time For Tea' is a new inititaive that has been created to alleviate loneliness in the county. You can help within your town or village by inviting an older person/people to tea and by fundraising for the development of a Friendship Line in Northumberland.

The story so far...

Research suggests that there are over 5000 lonely older people in Northumberland; loneliness is a profound problem in the county, made harder by the rural landscape. A Friendship Line for the county will ensure that befrienders can reach hundreds of people, which will not only reduce loneliness in the county but it will also improve the health and wellbeing of the people that use it.

£30,000 will ensure that a Friendship Line in Northumberland is developed. So far £12,061 has been raised at The Chairman's Tartan Ball, from community fundraising and from donations.

Every £5 that is raised will fund a telephone befriending call to a lonely older person. That may be the only person that they speak to that week...

How can you help? Brew for two or three or more!

  • Fundraising Ideas

    There are lots of ways to raise money to fight loneliness in Northumberland. Follow the link below or contact Age UK Northumberland to discuss what you can do to make a difference.


  • Register Your Tea Party

    Register your 'There's Always Time For Tea' event with Age UK Northumberland today and we will support you with promotional materials and fundraising tips.

  • Make a donation

    If you aren't able to host a Tea Party this January but would like to make a donation, please follow the link below. Every £5 that you donate will fund a telephone befriending call for an older person in Northumberland.

  • Spread the word

    'Working Together: Reducing Chronic Loneliness In The North East' is the latest white paper from Age UK North of Tyne and Gateshead, highlighting loneliness of older people in the region.