Antonia's tea break suggestion helps bring people together
Tue, 28 Apr 2020

The council's social media team launched an East Riding-wide communi-tea break after a staff member made the suggestion to chief executive, Caroline Lacey.

Animal health officer Antonia Holtby suggested what was to become Tea at Three as a way of supporting our colleagues' and loved ones' mental health by encouraging a virtual tea break.

The council's social media team then organised the first event on Thursday, 23 April which saw many teams and residents take part. The marketing team also ran a 'get-to-know-your-TEAmmates' quiz.

Road safety officer Angela Merrills and the transport development team took the opportunity to re-emphasise the message to stay at home and save lives.

Caroline Lacey said: "I would like to thank both our social media and marketing teams who've helped organise this wonderful opportunity for teams to engage with colleagues and our residents.

"And a big well done to Antonia for suggesting the idea to me in the first place. Without it, we would not have been able to make a difference both last week and in future communi-tea break events."

Antonia said: "After seeing the fantastic, well-deserved publicity around the #Clapforcarers campaign, along with the news coverage showing some people ignore the lockdown restrictions, I wondered how the council could support and encourage the stay at home message.

"I thought that it would be a good idea to get the whole of the East Riding to have a virtual tea break at a given date/time, sharing pictures or videos on social media. I wanted to push the message that whether you are at home - either working, home-schooling or self-isolating - we are all making an important contribution towards controlling the spread of COVID-19."

The event usually takes place at 3pm on a Thursday, however if that isn't possible space can be made throughout the week to connect with each other.

Any team wishing to take part can send photos to the social media team at social.media@eastriding.gov.uk


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