Colleen – The world’s largest tea pot

Tea Party 2The two things that some seniors worry about is 1) pushing out the wheelie bin on bin night and 2) not knowing the name of a close by neighbour – with whom they can say hi a couple of times a week.  So if they pop your clogs someone notices!

We at Uniting Communities have a group of imaginative staff who want to contribute to seniors staying at home (and out of aged care) as long as possible.

We thought that the local community is best placed to help with wheelie bins and knowing each others names.  What we had to do is find a creative reason to get locals to have a chat to each other.


1403 Colleen RotaryImagine you receive an invitation to a morning tea and scones at the world’s largest tea pot.  Would you walk down you street to see the sight?

You arrive and to your surprise you discover the worlds largest tea pot.  A lovingly restored 1950s caravan has come to your street.

You have a close look at her shape and design and all the work that has gone into restoring her to her former glory.  You chat with your neighbours about Colleen and her tea cosies.  After a while conversations moves from Colleen to who and what is going on in your street.

And when the questions gets asked…

Tea Party 1“Is anyone willing to help a neighbour by saying hi and rolling out her wheelie bin?”

There are plenty of volunteers!

Locals often make a commitment to catch up more often and we move on – leaving behind folk who now know their neighbours.  This makes the community safer for seniors and better connected for all. 

Love Colleen?  Faith in Action is a group which discusses the principles behind Colleen and how they might be applied to your place.  Consider visiting one of our monthly workshops.

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Colleen the Tea Pot is a collaborative project between Uniting Communities, Edwardstown Council and The Eastern Regions Men’s Shed of Rotary and wide a group of supporters.

For the full story about Colleen, her restoration and her visits go to her website

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