Afternoon Tea Treat

By bellmannews / September 1, 2020
table set with cakes and sandwiches

From Kincardineshire Development Partnership and the Mearns and Coastal Healthy Living Network

Afternoon Tea Week Connecting Older Communities

Afternoon Tea Week this year brought some magic to over 150 older residents of Kincardine and Mearns.

The team at Mearns and Coastal Healthy Living Network (MCHLN) arranged for the delivery of Afternoon Tea for two, to be enjoyed with a family member, friend or neighbour, as a way of bringing people back together and re-engaging with their communities.

This initiative, is also an acknowledgement and token of gratitude for the sacrifices local older people have made to preserve the NHS at the height of the pandemic by staying at home.

Jane Mitchell manager of MCHLN said, “The Coronavirus and resulting lockdown have affected us all, but many older people in particular felt increasingly vulnerable during the pandemic.”

She added: “Some older people have also felt more isolated and lonely during the crisis so, as lockdown eased, shielding was paused and people were able to meet up with others,  we wanted to mark the occasion.”

Key vital and helpful information – including a selection of Health and Wellbeing information, the MCHLN monthly newsletter, and information about the Connecting Scotland free iPad and Chromebook scheme which they are supporting – came with the afternoon tea delivery.

This has been a great coordinated effort with the support of volunteers, Public Health Team and NHS Grampian’s resources and local businesses: Gannets, the Arch Café and Bistro, Castleton Farm Shop and Cafe, Beechwood Garden Centre and Coffee Shop, Grassic Gibbon Centre and Café, The Red, Red Robin and The Sitting Room who supplied the fabulous teas.

This project was made possible with funding from the Kincardineshire Development Partnership Supporting Communities Fund.

On 18th March, the Scottish Government announced an investment of £350 million to support local communities and households in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. This funding has been established as part of this investment package to provide financial support targeted through community anchor organisations, working in partnership with others in the community and with public services, in co-ordinating local responses to the pandemic.

KDP are delighted to announce the extension to the funding deadline until the 16th October 2020. £36,000 was secured to allow groups to apply for funds to help support COVID19 related activities.

“The need for support continues,” said Jacky Niven, development officer for KDP.

“This extension will help the community response remain sustainable for as long as our communities need.”

For further information on the Supporting Communities Fund please contact KDP at MCHLN can be contacted on 01561 378 130