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Tower Hamlets Community Tea Dances

Funded on Spacehive 11 December 2019

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Tower Hamlets Community Tea Dances

Tower Hamlets Community Tea Dances

I am Tower Hamlets By I am Tower Hamlets

To deliver 4 free top quality tea dances for older people and people living with various disabilities including dementia in Tower Hamlets. Inclusive of food, entertainment, transport and dance lessons

Tower Hamlets Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 11 Dec 2019!

To deliver 4 tea dances across the year which are free for people to attend. The funding would include music, food, dancing lessons and support for transport for the most vulnerable community such as people living with dementia, giving everyone an opportunity to an active and healthy life surrounded by others, thus reducing loneliness too. We have previously run similar events which have been been successful although very limited due to lack of available funds. Events have previously been paid (£3.50 entry), which has been a significant barrier, have included plastic & paper crockery, which is bad for the environment and just a karaoke machine. The funding will allow the dances to be free for everyone meaning they are totally inclusive, professionally prepared food, authentic crockery with suitable entertainment and dancing lessons, we would expect to engage with over 700 people with this improvement in service, this would be an increase of 100% compared to other events..

What we'll deliver:

  • Reduction in loneliness in the borough
  • Significant improvement in peoples well being and health
  • A structured event which can be attended by the whole community

Why it's a great idea:

There are so many reasons this project is a great idea and we have already begun to see great progress in the below areas, however making the dances bigger and better will make more of an impact to more people! Its great because... 1. It'll bring Tower Hamlets residence together regardless of background, status or ability. 2. It will engage people already attending in fundraising & the legacy of the project. 3. Increase partnerships between service providers - so we can support more people from more backgrounds! 4. Brings people from care homes and people living with dementia into a fun, friendly environment where they can meet new people and let their hair down! 5. Helps combat social isolation 6. Helps our staff and centres become more Dementia friendly by being involved There are many many other benefits of these events but we have run out of space!

Steps to get it done:

  • Confirm all 4 dates for the tea dances
  • Purchase all tea dance equipment
  • Advertise the dances to internal and external participants
  • Create partnerships with volunteer groups & education institutions
  • Create partnerships with local dance groups
  • Run the first tea dance!

This project will take place at the heart of the community and give those attending the opportunity to access other exercise sessions/ information and meet like minded people. Think about the older relatives you have or know; get them in a room with music from pre and post war, a bit of karaoke, a dance floor, food and drink - how much would they love that! We can provide it all :-)


Location Tower Hamlets

About the space

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London Borough of Tower Hamlets

How will the money be spent?Total £15,888

Tables & Chairs - £4,331 (27%)
Catering costs for 4 x tea dances - £3,750 (24%)
Authentic tea dance pots, plates, cake stands etc. - £3,600 (23%)
Entertainment - DJ x 4 events (plus VAT) - £1,056 (7%)
Hall Hire - £896 (6%)
Waiting staff - £800 (5%)
Napkins & Table Cloths - £600 (4%)
Decorations - £250 (2%)
Other - £605 (4%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Tables & Chairs
Catering costs for 4 x tea dances
Authentic tea dance pots, plates, cake stands etc.
Entertainment - DJ x 4 events (plus VAT)
Hall Hire
Waiting staff
Napkins & Table Cloths
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • - Transport for care homes and day centres.
  • - Dance lessons.
  • - Additional tables and chairs for more people to attend.
  • - Additional crockery for more attendance.
  • - An extra Tea Dance!

Total £15,888

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