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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 Clarence Pub (http://www.theclarencewhitehall.com/) 53 Whitehall, London SW1A 2HP . Where do we meet? The steps of St Martin in the Fields, in Trafalgar Square. 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! Richard[masked] Kierra[masked] Robert[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!!!

St Martin in the fields church

Trafalgar Square, London · London

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This is a social meetup, not a charity. We're a group of friends who go out around London to sit and have a chat with rough sleepers once a week; offering support and friendship.

We usually bring out some food and some clean socks, or anything else that the people we get to know need, but it's a sociable, 'peer-to-peer' relationship of equal human beings and fills the niche left by charitable organisations which necessarily have a 'service-client' relationship with rough sleepers. We'll also sometimes put on a party or a picnic for the rough sleepers we get to know.

You're welcome to join us for a walk, a chat, and a chance to make some new friends!

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