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Seasons Greetings Cards at Teams and Bensham Community Care

The festive activities have begun at the Teams and Bensham Community Care centre on Bolam Street in Teams, Gateshead. 
The charity's lunch club assistant, Karen, has helped the lunch club attendees to get into the festive spirit early. So far, the attendees have made festive flower arrangements, table decorations and now wonderful Christmas cards. 
The cards will be lovely to share with loved ones or used as a festive decoration at home.
The charity's Christmas preparations this year go back even further!
Each year, the Tuesday card making group have to start thinking of Christmas as early as Summertime. They receive many orders for personalised greetings cards throughout the year for different occasions and Christmas is even busier.  Each card is handmade, with a special message printed inside and there are many designs to chose from.
After the cards are made, the card making group stay for lunch before being taken home on our accessible minibus which offers door to door transport in the area.
Being creative and taking part in arts and crafts has many benefits to overall well-being, particularly for older people including those who are experiencing the early stages of memory loss. It helps people to relax, encourages socialising with others in the group, and can even improve cognition and fine motor skills.
To find out more about the Teams and Bensham Community Care card group or the activities that take place at their lunch clubs and men's groups, contact the centre on 0191 4600297.
Teams and Bensham Community Care is a registered charity supporting older people in Gateshead to alleviate and prevent the ill-effects of isolation and vulnerability. For almost three decades, we have provided lunch clubs, men’s groups, art and activities every weekday in our welcoming and accessible centre for up to 25 people each day. Our on-site cooks create traditional, freshly cooked meals and desserts as well as freshly baked goods for our beneficiaries to take home. For more information, visit their website or for latest news, visit the Teamwork Blog.