A Double Helping of Tea, Cake & Art

by Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange in Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Total raised £5,370

raised so far

+ est. £561.00 Gift Aid



We want to serve a double helping of Tea, Cake & Art to more older people living with isolation or loneliness.

by Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange in Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 14th December 2023 we'd raised £3,570 with 69 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

All contributions made to Tea, Cake & Art will support doubling the number of older people living alone who will be able to come in, make friends and create together!

'It lifts my spirit to get out and meet people'

Tea, Cake & Art is a weekly social for older people who feel isolated or lonely, and who would benefit from spending time with others, making new friends through art and creativity. In times of hardship, we don't want to cut back, we want to double up and support TWICE the number of people needing connections that matter in their lives.

'I love it! The people I meet'

Tea, Cake & Art has been going non-stop since 2019, supporting participants through the pandemic, and now runs in person but still with online access. 

It includes led and self-led sessions fostering confidence and independence. Regular field trips help broaden the everyday outlook of participants.

'It's space to explore creative ideas, and some social interaction with like-minded people'

Tea, Cake & Art is friendly and inclusive, and it’s free. And in times like these when so many people struggle with high cost of living and other challenges, community engagement programmes such as Tea, Cake & Art are the first under threat. This is particularly worrying for those already excluded because of their age and health. 

We are running over-capacity now, and receive regular requests to join from more people.

We have made savings to make the best use of the resources available, and we now want to double our offer to reach 40 participants each week. The introduction of an additional session will not only allow us to reach more people but means we can also create two sessions of different character to accommodate everyone’s needs: quiet space, sociable interaction or a more suitable time in the day.

'I don't go out much. This is the only thing I go to'

Feeling isolated can have many roots - living alone, grieving, having caring responsibilities, socio-economic circumstances, anxiety, access barriers due to health - and many more. Age UK reports that 300,000 older people in England can go for a month without a conversation with family or friends. We know that this gets worse when additional factors such as increasing cost of living come into play. 

'I like how easy it is to talk to people here'

Tea, Cake & Art has a genuine and lasting beneficial effect on wellbeing. We know this from the four years we have been delivering it, and we don't want to turn people away.

This is why we would like to expand our Tea, Cake & Art offer to double our capacity and include more people on a regular basis. And we need your help to do this! Your contribution: £10, £25, £100 or any amount you wish, will go directly towards serving a double helping of Tea, Cake & Art to those who need it most.


This project offered rewards

£20 or more

Tea (or Coffee!) and Cake for you and a friend

A hot drink of your choice and cake for you and a friend at The Exchange or the Garden Café at Newlyn Art Gallery and free admission to the exhibitions. We can also send this voucher to a friend as a Christmas gift from you.

£5 or more

Pay it Forward Tea and Cake

Tea and Cake for the Tea, Cake & Art group at the new session on Tuesdays - a big thanks to you!

£20 or more

Art On The Go Bag

Sketch book, pencils, water colours or pastels in a Newlyn Art Gallery tote bag ready to go as the inspiration takes you. We can send to a friend too!

£25 or more

A Christmas Parcel Kit in a Bag

Your last minute parcel panic sorted: A pack of Christmas cards designed for Tea, Cake & Art by Ali Corder, plenty of wrapping paper, ribbon and washi tape all in a Newlyn Art Gallery tote bag.

£60 or more

A Bag of Art

A delicious cache of art materials: sketchbooks, watercolours, acrylics, pastels, brushes, pens, pencils, glue, ink…. all you might need in your own mini studio wrapped up in a Newlyn Art Gallery bag. We can, if you wish, send this Bag of Art to a friend as a Christmas gift from you, or to someone you think would enjoy Tea, Cake & Art with an invitation to come along!

£12 or more

Ticket to Christmas Choral Concert at The Exchange

In Dulce Jubilo · Fri 8 Dec 2023 at 6pm · Join us for a concert evoking the spirit of winter and Christmas past. Medieval, Renaissance, and traditional Christmas music sung by the Friends in Harmony Choir and accompanied by Denys Stephens, Lutenist. Tickets include mulled wine and mince pies after the performance, plus admission to the gallery.

£18 or more

Seasonal Greetings Cards by Tea, Cake & Art-ers

A set of six original artwork festive midwinter cards made by hand by Tea, Cake & Art-ers. You will receive a selection of cards from different artists, each one-of-a-kind, with envelopes ready for you to send out.

£120 or more

Double Portrait by the Tea, Cake & Art Group

Commission a double portrait of yourself and another person of your choice: perhaps your best friend, your pet or your significant other, made by zoom or in-gallery by your own Tea, Cake & Art artists. You will receive your portraits in the post after your sitting session in the new year. We can also send this reward to a friend as a gift from you.

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