Tea-At-3 with Neighbourhood Network

Introducing Tea-At-3; a national weekly event that invites you to (appropriately!) check-in with your neighbours at 3 pm every Saturday.

Tea-At-3 is a physically distant activity that takes place from your doorstep, in separate gardens, over the phone or across a video call!

Let’s encourage neighbours across the country to join with us as we stick on the kettle, pour a cuppa, reach out to our neighbours and support our communities.

These last few weeks at Neighbourhood Network, there has been one question on our minds: as restrictions are gradually lifted for younger generations, and we get to see our friends, families, and neighbours once again, how do we safely support those who are still cocooning in isolation?

Our answer? Tea-at-3! Every year we see thousands of you bringing joy to your neighbourhoods on Street Feast day. Now instead of an annual street party, we’re encouraging you to enjoy a weekly (physically distant) tea party!

The Tea-At-Three idea was originally created by Helen O’Hara and her neighbours in Rathbawn Drive, Castlebar, Co Mayo! We now want to bring it to communities across the nation.

Each week Neighbourhood Network will supply a tea-at-3 theme with some wonderful activities for you to do in the run-up to each Saturday.

Let’s begin to safely connect on a communal level once again by supporting those still cocooning and bring laughter, joy, and creativity back to our streets.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be showing you how to safely host some Tea-At-3 treasure hunts, arts and crafts shows, street galleries, chalk art extravaganzas, Natural History exhibits, and lots more!

Sign yourself and your street up to Neighbour Network to get the most from these weekly tea-at-3 “events”.

From there, you’ll be able to download customizable invites/info leaflets, gain access to special online gatherings, and receive activity tutorials, recipes, and Tea-At-3 tips/tricks straight to your email!

Get your neighbours signed up to! And then, when we’re eventually able to gather again, you’ll all have a whole host of new skills and ideas for your Street Feast!

This week’s theme is pretty simple: ‘Getting Started’.

We’ll kick things off with plain oul tea and a chat, and by encouraging you to try to reach out to neighbours who might be particularly isolated at this time. Remember to follow the government’s advice for connecting with cocooners.

And don’t forget to share with us pictures, videos, and stories from your Neighbourhoods Tea-At-Three by using the #TeaAtThree hashtag, tagging @StreetFeast on Twitter and Instagram, or DMing us!

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Street Feast is a day of local lunches across Ireland hosted by you and your neighbours. They can be anywhere really - out on the street, in a local park or in your front garden.

There are lots of good reasons to have a Street Feast, but it's really just a great excuse to eat great food, celebrate your local community and meet new people who live near you.