ChariTEA of the Quarter: Time To Talk Befriending
As you know, we choose a new chariTEA every quarter, they choose a blend that reflects them, or what they support and we donate the profits of the blend to them!
This quarter (October 2019 to December 2019) our chosen chariTEA is Time To Talk Befriending. TTTB is a charity that was started to help people over 65 who feel chronic loneliness caused by social isolation.
The tea they have chosen as their blend is Vicky's Sponge Cake. So, every penny of profit from this blend from October to December will be donated to Time To Talk Befriending!
Time To Talk Befriending
Time To Talk Befriending is local to Sussex and offered a personalised model of intergenerational befriending. They work with older people aged 65+ who experience feelings of chronic loneliness caused by social isolation.
A report in 2017 by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness reported that:
- More than 1 in 3 people aged 75+ say that feelings of loneliness are out of their control
- For 3.6 million people aged 65+ television is the main form of company
- Weak social connection is as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day
Our Customer Service Manager, Georgina, is a volunteer befriender with TTTB and visits an older resident once a week to share a cup of tea and chat. She says of her experience 'meeting up once a week with Denise takes up so little of my time, but it means the world to her. She lives on her own and her family live overseas so she is mainly on her own. Her face lights up when I arrive and she loves sharing her many stories with me - we both get so much from my visits!'