A well known tradition on St Helena has been occasional Tea Dances – held for more senior members of the community to bring them together to enjoy common activities and pursuits.

Over the past few years, fewer Tea Dances have taken place and have been missed by some of those who normally attend. With this in mind, the Safeguarding Directorate has decided to support traditional St Helena Tea Dances, with the first one taking place on Tuesday 15 December 2015 at the Jamestown Community Centre.

Manager of Adult Services, Paul Bridgewater, commented:

“These Tea Dances are a chance to help people make or rekindle friendships.  Whenever you bring the community together, you are helping to build a stronger St Helena, creating more sustainable support for people and providing a sense of value and belonging.”

Also piloting on the Island will be ‘Coffee Mornings’ in Island Community Centres.

Paul added:

“Coffee Mornings can also build important social contacts with a range of people, including some of the Island’s more isolated and vulnerable individuals. If successful, we will discuss with community-based organisations how to run these regularly in a sustainable way.”

Details of the upcoming Tea Dance and Coffee Mornings will be published in the local press over the coming weeks.

SHG

1 December 2015

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