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You can see below where Community Christmas gets mentioned and how we make a difference.

Listen again to Don’s story on BBC Radio 4

Listen again to Don’s story on BBC Radio 4

We’re delighted our partner, national charity Friends of the Elderly, recently featured on the BBC Radio 4 Appeal. For the appeal, Don shared his story about how he found himself lonely and isolated when he retired, but made new friends thanks to the charity’s Football Friends programme. read more...
Tune in to Don’s story on BBC Radio 4

Tune in to Don’s story on BBC Radio 4

We’re delighted to hear our partner, national charity Friends of the Elderly, has been chosen to feature on the BBC Radio 4 Appeal. Tune in on Sunday 29 January to hear from Don, who found himself lonely and isolated when he retired. Don made new friends thanks to the charity’s Football Friends prog read more...
The 12 Days of Community Christmas
The Community Christmas Advent Calendar in full!

The Community Christmas Advent Calendar in full!

We’ve heard a lot of lovely things from the people we match with local Christmas Day events, but the one that means the most to us is this short seven word quote featured in the Huffington Post – ‘We all look forward to Christmas now’. Put very simply, that is what Community Christmas is about, gett read more...
Day 23 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar - Don't shut the door
Day 22 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar - It's not too late!
Day 21 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar - Taking action and improving lives
Day 20 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar
Day 19 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar
Day 18 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar
Day 17 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar
Day 16 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar
10 days to Christmas
Day 15 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar - Your chance to win pantomime tickets
Day 14 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar - Fantastic fundraisers

Day 14 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar - Fantastic fundraisers

We’re so grateful to every person who goes out of their way to do something in support of Community Christmas, whatever that is, so we thought we’d share some pictures from one of our fantastic fundraisers Becky, below. read more...
Day 13 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar - People spreading the word

Day 13 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar - People spreading the word

Behind day 13 of our Advent Calendar, we've got wonderful people spreading the word about Community Christmas. read more...
Day 12 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar

Day 12 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar

Behind today's window we uncover the chance for people to make new friends on Christmas Day. read more...
Day 11 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar
Day 10 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar
Day 9 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar

Day 9 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar

Christmas cheer is growing in everyone’s heart now, but we want you to turn that feeling into action, by donating to Community Christmas! read more...
Day 8 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar

Day 8 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar

The countdown to Christmas is the perfect opportunity to check on the older neighbours you know, and to introduce yourself to those that you don’t. read more...
Day 7 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar

Day 7 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar

It’s amazing the difference that we can make when we work together. That’s why we’re partnered with the incredible charity Friends of the Elderly. read more...
Day 6 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar
Day 5 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar
Just 20 days until Christmas and 10 more random acts of kindness!

Just 20 days until Christmas and 10 more random acts of kindness!

This countdown has flown by, and we’re now only 20 days from Christmas! read more...
Day 4 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar

Day 4 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar

On the 4th day of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar, we’re putting the ‘fun’ into ‘fundraising’. read more...
Day 3 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar

Day 3 of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar

Window three of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar hides a warm heart! read more...
Open day two of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar

Open day two of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar

Behind window two of the Community Christmas Advent Calendar we’re giving you the inspiration to pop round to your older neighbours for a cup of a tea and a chat. In the run-up to Christmas, people who live alone can feel a more pronounced feeling of isolation. read more...
The Community Christmas Advent Calendar - 1st December 2016

The Community Christmas Advent Calendar - 1st December 2016

For the first day of Advent, we're giving you the gift of music, with the fantastic Christmas single 'Christmas Time (Again)' from Community Christmas supporters Follow the Hawk. read more...
30 days to Christmas!

30 days to Christmas!

Just one month to go until Christmas Day, can you believe it? Whilst we’d love you to support us, we also know that the rest of the world needs a bit of brightening up as well. Here are 10 ideas for improving somebody’s day with a small act of kindness. read more...
Christmas Countdown - 40 days to go!

Christmas Countdown - 40 days to go!

The time is flying by, and we now only have 40 days until Christmas! Shops are beginning to play their Christmas songs, and restaurants, pubs and bars and brimming with workers enjoying early Christmas parties. read more...
50 days to Christmas

50 days to Christmas

Can you believe it, only 50 days to go until Christmas Day? The shops near us have already hung their decorations, and Christmas puds are lining the shelves, so it’s time for another few random acts to get you into the festive spirit! read more...
60 days to Christmas

60 days to Christmas

Less than two months to go until Christmas Day! Have you started your planning, or are you intending to get involved with an event that’s listed on the Community Christmas website? read more...
70 days to Christmas

70 days to Christmas

We’re closing in on our two-month countdown to Christmas, with only 70 days left before the big day. Here are 10 new ideas for making somebody’s day that little bit better, don’t forget to share yours on our social media channels, Facebook and Twitter. read more...
80 days to Christmas

80 days to Christmas

We’re down to just 80 days until the 25th of December, and find ourselves asking ‘where does the time go’? Here are ten more tips on brightening someone’s day as part of our #100waysin100days campaign. read more...
90 days to Christmas

90 days to Christmas

There are now only 90 days until Christmas Day! Have you shared your #100waysin100days to make somebody’s life better on our Facebook and Twitter platforms? read more...
100 days to Christmas!

100 days to Christmas!

Christmas is tantalisingly close, and to celebrate, we’re counting down 100 ways to improve peoples’ lives in the 100 days before Christmas. Community Christmas exists as a springboard to bring people together, and we genuinely believe small acts of kindness like those listed can be the first step t read more...
Why think about Christmas when the sun is shining?

Why think about Christmas when the sun is shining?

The great people over at FabNHSStuff.net have featured an article looking at why it's important to think forward to Christmas whilst the sun is shining. read more...
Making a big impact with small actions

Making a big impact with small actions

We at Community Christmas know that a small but bold act can change the world, and nobody better embodied that philosophy than Dr Kate Granger, who sadly passed away on 23rd of July this year. read more...
The 12 days of Christmas

The 12 days of Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas my friends sent to me...... read more...
Follow the Hawk on Christmas Day – not a Christmas carol – better?

Follow the Hawk on Christmas Day – not a Christmas carol – better?

One night in mid November, I was playing my guitar as usual and suddenly I had this perfect Christmassy piece come out of nowhere. read more...
Top 10 Myth busters – part 2

Top 10 Myth busters – part 2

Here at Community Christmas we have conversations with many individuals and organisations about events and activities they run, or are thinking of running and it is surprising how many times we come across the same misconceptions. So, to share our learnings here are the last 5 of our top 10 ‘myths’ read more...
Top 10 Myth busters – part 1 ..if not this year then next..

Top 10 Myth busters – part 1 ..if not this year then next..

Here at Community Christmas we have conversations with many individuals and organisations about events and activities they run, or are thinking of running and it is surprising how many times we come across the same misconceptions. So, to share our learnings here are the first 5 of our top 10 ‘myths’ read more...
Community Christmas features in article on hearing loss at Christmas

Community Christmas features in article on hearing loss at Christmas

The feeling of isolation is one that is felt all too often in those with hearing loss says Age UK Hearing Aids, “Following a discussion within a group of people requires intense effort and communication can become difficult, all of which can quickly lead to isolation and frustration.” read more...
Help us translate recognition into action

Help us translate recognition into action

We are proud that the work of our founder Caroline Billington has been recognised by David Cameron – read more about why she is a Point of Light and the full story in the Sunday Express read more...
It’s Christmas Time Again by Follow the Hawk member Charlie Barnes

It’s Christmas Time Again by Follow the Hawk member Charlie Barnes

One night in mid November, I was playing my guitar as usual and suddenly I had this perfect Christmassy piece come out of nowhere. read more...
Finalist in Just Giving’s 12 Campaigns of Christmas

Finalist in Just Giving’s 12 Campaigns of Christmas

Really excited to be one of the finalists in Just Giving’s 12 Campaigns of Christmas. read more...
Top 10 Myth busters – part 2

Top 10 Myth busters – part 2

Here at Community Christmas we have conversations with many individuals and organisations about events and activities they run, or are thinking of running and it is surprising how many times we come across the same misconceptions. So, to share our learnings here are the last 5 of our top 10 ‘myths’ read more...
Top 10 Myth busters – part 1

Top 10 Myth busters – part 1

Here at Community Christmas we have conversations with many individuals and organisations about events and activities they run, or are thinking of running and it is surprising how many times we come across the same misconceptions. So, to share our learnings here are the first 5 of our top 10 ‘myths’ read more...
Working together to end loneliness on Christmas Day

Working together to end loneliness on Christmas Day

Last year we launched our Future of Loneliness report, which showed that five million older people in the UK are affected by loneliness and that this number is on the rise. We've been working to reduce loneliness and isolation for many years – these new figures confirmed that even more needs to be d read more...
Making contacts from the comfort of your armchair

Making contacts from the comfort of your armchair

Christmas can be a very lonely time for a number of people. Founded 2 years ago with the aim of combating loneliness, Oapschat stands for Optimistic and ProActive Seniors Chat. read more...
Making Christmas Day better for older people

Making Christmas Day better for older people

Our recent Press Release encourages everyone to think about what they could do, or already know about, in their communities. Its not just about a full Traditional Christmas lunch – anything goes. read more...
Who are these 'older people'?

Who are these 'older people'?

Often at Community Christmas we get asked what we mean by 'older people' and Older People's Day seems an appropriate time to reflect on these questions. read more...
It’s not just about Christmas Lunch

It’s not just about Christmas Lunch

The initial concept behind Community Christmas was for communities to provide a Christmas lunch and some companionship to the elderly who would otherwise spend the day alone. read more...
Big Lottery enables bigger Community Christmas

Big Lottery enables bigger Community Christmas

In the run up to Christmas 2014 Community Christmas received just under 500 enquiries, made over 800 outbound calls to organisers, guests and volunteers and received over 10,000 website hits in December alone! So far all of this has been achieved with the support of our sponsors read more...
Big Lottery makes a big difference to the big day

Big Lottery makes a big difference to the big day

Community Christmas believes that no older person should be alone on Christmas Day and we are delighted to have received a Big Lottery grant. read more...
What to do

What to do

With 6 months to go here at Community Christmas it feels as though Christmas is just around the corner - as we go into summer and people start disappearing for their breaks we are all too conscious that when they come back it will be autumn and the countdown will have well and truly begun. read more...
The Big Lunch and then what?

The Big Lunch and then what?

The Big Lunch is a great way to bring communities together on the first Sunday in June (or whenever suits a particular group) and like Christmas it is focussed on activity once a year. However, the two events go together like Hansel and Gretel, like Laurel and Hardy since they are conveniently 6 mo read more...
Who’s thinking about Christmas already?

Who’s thinking about Christmas already?

Been lovely to receive a steady stream of enquiries already this year from individuals who want to make this Christmas different for their communities. read more...
Appeal for partners and organisers to run more activities

Appeal for partners and organisers to run more activities

3 months since Christmas 2014 and only 9 months to go until Christmas 2015. As we go through the year and talk to potential new partners it is always interesting to discover those that think March is already too late, those who will want to talk in June and those who are simply not interested until read more...
What happened at Christmas?

What happened at Christmas?

January is one of the best months for community Christmas as we gather information about how many people we helped, how people spent their Christmas and the difference it has made longer term. read more...
Press Release with our partners Royal Voluntary Service

Press Release with our partners Royal Voluntary Service

For 2014 Community Christmas has partnered with Royal Voluntary Service to reduce the number of older people facing Christmas alone. To launch public awareness of this years campaign a press release has been issued. read more...
The Challenge of Christmas

The Challenge of Christmas

The founder of Community Christmas, Caroline Billington, joined with other national organisations to discuss the Challenge of Christmas. This video, put together by the organisers Campaign to End Loneliness, shares some of the key thoughts and ideas read more...
Our vision – for older people for the time being

Our vision – for older people for the time being

As we have started to think about how this Christmas can be even better for our communities and the older members within them it has become apparent that there are some things that we can overlook (or have we been taking them for granted?) but which with some focus will mean that the impact we have read more...
The meaning of Christmas – Isolation?

The meaning of Christmas – Isolation?

Community Christmas, along with The Silverline, Abbeyfield, Crisis at Christmas, Waitrose and others presented at an event entitled The Challenge of Christmas. 40 attendees discussed ways that communities can work better together to ensure that all those that want companionship on Christmas Day can read more...
Tell us your thoughts...

Tell us your thoughts...

What did you do this Christmas Day? Share the joy or tell us how things could be better next year. read more...
Where will you be on Christmas day?

Where will you be on Christmas day?

Where will you be on Christmas Day? With less than 2 months to go most people probably haven’t given Christmas more than a passing thought. However, for those who are likely to be spending Christmas alone the run up to the festive season can be filled with anxiety and dread. read more...
Have we failed as a society? or is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Have we failed as a society? or is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt highlighted the "problem of loneliness that in our busy lives we have utterly failed to confront as a society" and comment how ‘it is a source of "national shame" that as many as 800,000 people in England are "chronically lonely". read more...
Where will you be on Christmas Day?

Where will you be on Christmas Day?

Where will you be on Christmas Day? With 3 months to go most people probably haven’t given Christmas more than a passing thought. However, for those who are likely to be spending Christmas alone the run up to the festive season can be filled with anxiety and dread. read more...
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Almost a quarter of a million elderly alone at Christmas

Almost a quarter of a million elderly alone at Christmas

Caroline Billington believes that no elderly person in the UK should be on their own on Christmas Day unless they want to be. This might sound like a simple and obvious statement? She would agree. However, research conducted by the WRVS suggested that just under a quarter of a million older people s read more...
87% of older people want a traditional Christmas spent in company, to help contact us now on 0800 063 9285