A smile was brought to the faces of young people in the North East region at our recent Tea for Two – Alternative Mother’s Day event, designed at tackling loneliness and isolation within the local area.
Supported by the Co-Operative Foundation, Big Days focuses on the days in the year that people usually come together to celebrate and have fun – these, however, are also days which can heighten feelings of being lonely and isolated.
Big Days works with young people in their local area to plan and organise events that help to combat these feelings. By working with a range of young people we hope to reduce their own feelings of isolation by doing something positive for other people in their community.
Together with young people, Youth Focus: North East planned a second annual Alternative Mother’s Day as part of Big Days, for young people to celebrate the role that women play in their lives. Mother’s Day can be a difficult time for some young people but we were keen to celebrate the role that women play in young people’s lives not just as a mother but as friends, family members and support workers. Working with a small group from Fast Friends to plan this year’s Alternative Mother’s Day. 90 young people and their guests were treated to tea, sandwiches and cakes and enjoyed a prize draw and a quiz.
The event received overwhelmingly positive feedback, with comments like:
“It was great because we got to have a moment to think about the people who have helped others”
“I loved meeting new people. The atmosphere is fantastic. I loved the inclusiveness of the night. Thank you!”
“I love how it made very woman feel special”
The event was held on Wed 27th March 2019, at the Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP. The steering group are now busy evaluating and planning for their next Big Days event. Stay tuned.