Whitley Bay Tea Dance Club is a not for profit group run completely by volunteers providing weekly tea dances for residents in the local community. The group is open to all, but members tend to be 50+. The impact of the activity is massive on the physical health, mental and cognitive function, and emotional wellbeing of those that come along. The club attracts around 40 people from across the local area to its weekly sessions at the Masonic Hall on Norham Road, and along with the health benefits it offers it is also a place for the dancers to meet and make friends.
Volunteers meet and greet members and guests each week, providing them with the chance for a chat over a cup of tea and a biscuit, and they also follow up with any non-attendees who were expected to be there to make sure they’re OK.
Some members suffer from dementia to varying degrees but are still able to remember the dances that make up the weekly events and so can take to the dancefloor with everyone else.
The club would not exist without the volunteers who give their time and energy to run it and to do all the behind the scenes work that ensures there is enough money to fund activities.