Our 4tea parties are getting underway next week and we want you to take part!

The official dates for 4tea are 22nd – 25th May, but tea party organisers can pick any day to hold their own 4tea event. It's a great opportunity to make connections in your local community or just have a few friends round for a brew.

This year’s parties hope to build on the existing success of 4tea, which began on our 40th anniversary year as our flagship fundraising event. Back in 2013, over 120 fundraising tea parties were held around the country to mark the occasion, and the parties proved so popular, we are offering you the chance - and all the tools and info you need - to organise your own.

Anything goes at 4tea - from tombolas to Treasure Island

One upcoming 4tea party in York will feature a tombola, Play Your Cards Right game and a Treasure Island game, so the bar has been set high.

Money raised through 4tea events helps support people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs to live the life they choose, access their community to tackle social isolation and seek work opportunities.

Tea party organisers will receive a 4tea pack filled with information, advice on creating themes, and plenty of goodies and recipes to get you started. Visit our 4tea event page now to download and print your invites and posters, so you're ready to spread the word about your tea party.

Have a party... make a difference!

Diane Lightfoot, director of communications and fundraising for United Response, said:

"Tea parties are a great way to connect with friends and neighbours, and have a chat over a cuppa while helping raise useful funds for our services, making a huge difference to the lives of people we support across the country.

"We hope our supporters will take the opportunity to invite neighbours along to gain a better understanding of the work that we do and support all that we offer – and it’s a wonderful excuse to have a party.”

Click here to get started with throwing your own 4tea party and receive your free 4tea party pack.

Don't have time to hold a party but still keen to donate to United Response? Your money would still make a big difference and be very gratefully received.

Gemma Taylor, media assistant.