Have a cuppa for Brighton dementia day centre

A community centre for people with dementia in Brighton is marking its reopening with a special campaign.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 1:47 pm
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 2:38 pm
A tea party at the Tower House community centre for people with dementia

St Vincent’s Tower House, in London Road, is celebrating the St Vincent de Paul Society’s (SVP) birthday with a week-long campaign to raise funds for its work supporting older people and those with dementia in the Brighton area.

The Tea With The SVP campaign, which runs from today (April 19) until April 23 and coincides with National Tea Day on April 21, invites everyone to enjoy a cuppa while raising funds for vulnerable local people.

SVP President Helen O’Shea said: “The Tea With The SVP week is a welcome milestone in the nation’s path out of national lockdown - we can enjoy a cuppa with our friends, loved ones and neighbours outside, albeit in restricted numbers and socially distanced.

St Vicent's Tower House in Brighton has been able to reopen

“The power of a chat over a cuppa should not be underestimated. We all need and deserve the chance to reconnect with friends and loved ones after the year we have just had. Listening to people in need is at the core of what the SVP does, and I’m sure it all starts with a cup of tea."

St Vincent’s Tower House, which provides art and music workshops, activities, yoga, lunches and a ‘Brain Gym’, has now reopened following the latest three-month lockdown.

The centre will be embracing Tea With The SVP with tea themed events and has extended an open invite to friends, relatives, volunteers, social prescribers and GPs to visit the centre with social distance restrictions in place on April 22.

Centre manager Lindsay MacRae said: “The Tea With The SVP campaign supports the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our community at a time when life can seem extremely cruel. Tea With The SVP is a chance to reconnect with friends, loved ones and neighbours in a safe way and, at the same time, help to support older members of our community who are struggling during this challenging time. Most of our connections with people who need our help begin with a chat over a cuppa, so please join us during the week.”

For those having a cuppa in their gardens or outside with friends and want to donate, you can do so by clicking on the donate button at https://www.svp.org.uk/st-vincents-brighton

To contact Tower House, people can email [email protected] or call 01273 549604.