Tea in Every Home
Alzheimer’s Tea Day, The ASI’s biggest and most important fundraiser, was due to celebrate its 26th year across every town in Ireland this year, but the traditional event has now been cancelled because of Covid-19 and the need to keep people safe and apart – losing around €500,000 of public generosity.
The ASI has listened to concerns of people with dementia and family carers who have been feeling isolated in their own homes lately and the many people who have contacted The ASI about Tea Day. We are delighted to announce that thanks to the wonders of modern technology a Virtual Tea Day can take place.
The ASI wants people to now come together virtually to celebrate, remember and show solidarity with people with dementia and their carers and the 500,000 people who are impacted by dementia in Ireland.Although people can’t gather in groups for Tea Day, people can still connect and reach out to friends and loved ones across their communities, around Ireland and abroad – on the phone, on screen, Skype, Zoom and any other socially-distanced way people may choose.
This year, it’s more important than ever before that people put the kettle on, pick up the phone and reach out to a loved one or someone in your community to say hello and share a virtual cup of tea. We need to show people with dementia and carers who are at home, often confused, isolated and struggling without access to their usual daily supports that we haven’t forgotten about them.
It’s easier than ever to participate in Tea Day, just do these simple things:
- Host your Tea Day at home by connecting on phone, on screen or on-line. Let us know about your event by filling in your details on the form below.
- Share your Tea Day with us and on your social media – photos, videos, messages. You can download your own virtual Tea Day Tea Cup to share on your social media by making a donation here
- Dare your family, neighbours and friends to host their own Tea Day at home.
Tea Day. On May 7th, home is where your heart is.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland Ambassador, Dáithí Ó Sé said:
“I’m delighted to support the Virtual Alzheimer’s Tea Day. Due to the Covid-19 public health crisis, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has now decided to cancel their biggest and most important annual fundraiser. However, the nation can still come together while staying apart to put the kettle on and have tea in every home across Ireland in celebration of community spirit and togetherness with a virtual Tea Party on Thursday, 7th May. Please have a cup of your favourite brew and please donate a few euro to The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s Virtual Alzheimer’s Tea Day campaign. For everyone who takes part you’ll be helping to celebrate community togetherness and raise awareness of a condition that is affecting so many of our family, friends and neighbours. There are 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland today, so that’s 55,000 good reasons to get the kettle on.”
Our vital services are still operating.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is still supporting people with dementia and their families as our Home Care; Dementia Advisers; National Helpline, and Online Family Carer Training are all still running, our administration staff are operating from their homes across the country and in addition we are looking at new ways of providing ASI support to our clients and their families.
Our Home Care Service offers dementia specific, person centred care and our trained staff work with clients to ensure that we meet your needs. For more information on this service click here
Our Dementia Advisers work with people with dementia, their families and carers to provide a highly responsive and individualised information and signposting service. For more information on this service click here
For practical information and emotional support or information on our supports and services contact The Alzheimer Society of Ireland National Helpline which is open six days a week Monday to Friday 10am–5pm and Saturday 10am–4pm on 1800 341 341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Website/Live Chat: here Our National Helpline has now expanded with a new free call-back service which offers people with dementia and family carers from anywhere in Ireland the opportunity to book a 1:1 session with a Dementia Nurse or a Dementia Adviser during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Simply call 1800 341 341 to avail of this service.