Tea, Cake & Art supports people, some living alone or with anxiety, to get together, make friends and create. Our weekly session greatly benefits a sometimes-isolated group of people – participants report feeling happier, doing art at home and meeting each other independently.
‘It’s about learning together. For me it’s a positive thing, it’s about learning together as a group of people.’
Tea, Cake & Art had been successfully running and growing at The Exchange in Penzance for a year when the Covid crisis began, and we had to think of ways of getting together, even when we were apart.
‘I just didn’t see anybody and I didn’t know anybody, felt like, felt like I didn’t know anybody.’
So we set up a weekly zoom art class, and posted out printed notes to those without digital access, and soon we were up and running again.
‘For me it’s been brilliant. It’s just really lovely to have a connection, do something creative. It’s been really nice to see everybody.’
‘I’ve really appreciated these sessions because I did miss the people I used to meet, you know, and I still do and this is at least keeping me in touch a bit.’
We know these sessions, and the chance to create together, are so valued and appreciated by those staying at home, and the benefits to health and wellbeing are universally recognised.
This is going to be a difficult winter for all of us, but for people already experiencing isolation it will be a particular struggle. We want to stay connected and eventually be able to add an in-gallery session so that as many people experiencing loneliness in difficult times can join in, from wherever and in whatever way they can. A weekly letter in the post, the chance to see others on zoom, to chat and share ideas, are a real lifeline for our participants.
‘It’s lovely to see you all. I miss the galleries so much. These events are keeping me in touch. My art-at-home sessions are entirely haphazard, but I love getting the lessons through the post’
Tea, Cake & Art needs you to be able to continue this winter. The programme’s funding comes to an end in December. Your contribution, whether it is £6, £60 or £100 will be matched and its value doubled, and your help will support sociable creativity and wellbeing for isolated older people across our community into 2021.
'And I think it’s really nice to see the same faces each week on zoom, every week, there is something lovely about that sort of stability in the week as well.'