Helping people thrive

Grooving into the 60s at our Spring Tea Dance

April 2019

An afternoon of merriment was had by 133 local elders who joined us recently for an afternoon of tea, cake, dancing and the chance to make new friends.

Generously sponsored by TD Securities, AFME, Plexal and Here East, their staff also provided volunteers to set up the event, serve tea and to dance and chat with the guests.

With almost half of older people in Tower Hamlets living in income deprivation and people aged 80 or over being twice as likely to report feeling lonely compared to other adults, the purpose of the event was to tackle isolation by bringing elders residents together.  The fun event forms part of a series of EECF-led activities run in partnership with Docklands 50+ Forum.

EECF has been tackling poverty in Tower Hamlets for over 28 years and is committed to supporting the community at grassroots level. The tea dance has a tradition of uniting employees from local businesses with the local community and bringing different generations together.  This year’s event was no exception.

Monica Fernando, TD Securities, said "The best part of the day was talking with the guests, listening to them and dancing with them - putting a smile on their faces."

Tracey Walsh, Chief Executive of East End Community Foundation, said “It was another great event, with lots of happy guests.  Our DJ for the afternoon, Will Dennis got them up on their feet and our fantastic team of corporate volunteers made sure our guests were well looked after".

We are already on the lookout for sponsors of the 2020 tea dance, please do contact if your business would like to help with this joyous event next year.