Friday, January 11, 2013

Tea Parties with a Twist

Lots of good news is coming from social entrepreneurs. For instance,  The Guardian has published a piece called “The young social entrepreneurs who are changing the world,” which mentions the important and brilliant accomplishments of some of these inspiring individuals.

One of those featured in this article is Fraser Doherty. He founded SuperJam, and invests profits from this venture in tea parties throughout the UK for the elderly who are on their own or in retirement homes. Fraser explains the concept on his website: “When my Gran originally made jam, she’d make jam and scones and cakes and visit the elderly people in her area of Glasgow. They’d be living on their own or in care homes and she would have afternoon tea with them. She’d drag my little brother around with her; he’d play his guitar and I would tell them stories. It was something we were brought up with and I thought it would be nice to do something like that on a bigger scale.” 

By “on a bigger scale,” Fraser means hundreds of free tea parties. According to the website, SuperJam Tea Parties (now a registered charity) has organized over 150 gatherings in Wales and England, some attracting hundreds of guests. Judging from the pictures and video on the website, they look like a lot of fun!

If you want to get involved, the company says they are in dire need of volunteers who can help them run more tea parties. If interested, the person to contact is 

And for more info, have a look at the short (and sweet) video that features Fraser explaining his concept at a tea party.