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Tea and Talk

Hello everyone and welcome to Tea and Talk - a chance to meet and chat to members of London's homeless community over a cup of tea and possibly a biscuit or 2...


Here's how it works: we'll meet at 6.30pm. We'll split into groups of about 4 people, and each group will go on a little wander round various areas of London, stopping to offer a cup of tea and chat to any homeless people we meet on our travels. After about 90 minutes we'll meet up again at a nearby pub to share experiences and maybe a drink or 3.  The official Tea and Talk pub is The Two Chairmen 1 Warwick House Street, Trafalgar Square, SW1Y 5AT.


Where do we meet?  Tea and Talk has two meeting points - 1) the steps of St Martin in the Fields, in Trafalgar Square, and 2) next to the food stalls at the Tooley street entrance to London Bridge Station (see the photo in the 'meeting type places' album, under 'Photos' above!).  You can go to whichever you want, but it's helpful if you post to say which one you're going to so we can be sure we have enough people at each.


The aim of 'Tea and Talk' is simply to have non-judgemental human-to-human conversation with members of the homeless community - something that happens all too seldom in our busy city, leaving some homeless people feeling very isolated. A simple cup of tea and a chat can help to change that feeling.


No previous experience is necessary: just a willingness to challenge preconceptions and have a chat. Each group will have at least one experienced member who knows the route - and the ropes!


You don't have to bring anything at all other than a non-judgemental attitude and a willingness to get involved. But if you would like to help out materially, wholesome food such as sandwiches, pasties, pies, fruit etc are always appreciated, as are dark-coloured clothing (easier to keep clean) - socks and boxers are particularly appreciated - and basic toiletries such as shower gel & deodorant go down well too.


HOWEVER: the conversation is MUCH more important than the stuff.


For more information, here are numbers of our 'regulars' - feel free to give any of them a call!


Kierra[masked] 

Catherine[masked] 

Tom[masked] 

Robert[masked] 

Jon[masked] 

Neil[masked] 



Cheers everyone, remember this group belongs to all of us so do keep your RSVP status up to date to keep things running smoothly, and if you're going to be late or can't make it at the last moment PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE LET US KNOW!  We know who's coming so we do wait til everyone's there before we set out.


See you all on Wednesday!!!

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  • Richard G.

    ok guys I'm stuck on the M4 I'll be about half an hour late so I'll give one of you ring when I get in and meet you where ever you are

    November 20, 2013

  • Tom F.

    OK

    November 20, 2013

  • kierra

    OK, we'll all go to Trafalgar square now due to lower numbers

    November 20, 2013

  • Tom F.

    Wimps, all of you!

    November 20, 2013

  • Catherine

    Sorry everyone I can't make it tonight. Have fun and see you next time xxx

    November 20, 2013

  • Richard G.

    looks like I'm gonna be late and I may have to drop out today

    November 20, 2013

  • Tom F.

    No Chris tonight.

    November 20, 2013

  • kierra

    I'm happy to do LB today if anyone wants to join me?

    November 20, 2013

    • Tom F.

      I'd be happy to, if we can get a third person. Just checking with Katherine and will confirm.

      November 20, 2013

    • Tom F.

      yep, me and Katherine will come to LB. Only done it once, a long time ago, so will be good to learn the route.

      November 20, 2013

  • Tom F.

    If anyone's going to be late please let me know on[masked]

    November 20, 2013

  • Monika

    Hi Guys! Sorry I haven't been for a few weeks. My mum is not well and I'm going to see her next week after her operation. Also I'm going away soon to visit my sister, so everything is happening at the same time. But I booked myself for the 28th of November so hopefully I will catch up with you all then. I ordered couple of sleeping bags so will bring those with me as well. See you soon!

    November 15, 2013

    • Catherine

      Hi Monika, wishing your mum a speedy recovery & look forward to seeing you soon xx

      November 15, 2013

    • Tom F.

      hey, take care and all the best to your mum (and your sister too). See you on the 28th xx

      November 17, 2013

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