Case Studies

The organisers do all the background work to enable volunteers to enjoy the day and make the most of giving up their spare time.

Press & Media

Below is a sample of the interest Community Christmas has created in the media and how they recognise the difference we make.

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Complete France - Friends of the Elderly hoping to combat loneliness this Christmas with community lunches
The Sunday Express - Turkish restaurant will give free food to elderly this Christmas
SunLife - A truly inspirational way to live and give
The Telegraph Lifestyle - All these small businesses are giving free meals to the elderly or homeless on Christmas day
Essentially Surrey - Three articles mentioning Community Christmas
Essentially Surrey - Volunteering this Christmas in Surrey & SW London
SAGA Magazine - 10 alternative things to do on Christmas day
Mirror Online - Help make it a happy Christmas for Britain's 1million lonely elderly people
Good to Know - Charitable Christmas ideas: How to give back with your family
Sunday Express - Things to do at Christmas
Watch the Friends of the Elderly Stir Up Sunday video
Care Industry News - Friends of the Elderly to work with Community Christmas to reduce loneliness in older people
Dorset Echo - Give the gift of time this Christmas
This weeks Sunday Express

This weeks Sunday Express

Firefighter light up Christmas for the elderly. Events on the Community Christmas website in a range of venues including firestations – building safer communities. read more...
Asda article : Thinking of others

Asda article : Thinking of others

I realised that one day can change lives read more...
A Christmas cheer on offer from those who care...

A Christmas cheer on offer from those who care...

Elderly to get a festive welcome. Dozens of care homes across the country will open their doors on Christmas Day to elderly people to ensure they are not left on their own. read more...
Real People - Pensioners get to enjoy a Christmas meal

Real People - Pensioners get to enjoy a Christmas meal

Different views of Community Christmas – a student volunteer, our founder, a guest - and how to get involved with us and our partners Friends of the Elderly. read more...
Perfect festive tonic for patients left all alone

Perfect festive tonic for patients left all alone

We know that Christmas Day is just the start for many. This weeks Sunday Express talks about the long term social and physical health benefits. read more...
No one has to be alone this Christmas... with your help

No one has to be alone this Christmas... with your help

When Joan's Neighbour’s husband Bill developed Alzheimer’s eight years ago, Christmas could have become the loneliest time of year as his increasing agitation and confusion prevented them from making the five-hour journey to spend the season with their children. read more...
I hope to bring about lasting friendships

I hope to bring about lasting friendships

Prima featured 'Christmas Angels' including our Founder who describes how Community Christmas came about and the joy she now gets from Christmas Day. read more...
Half a million people facing spending Christmas Day by themselves

Half a million people facing spending Christmas Day by themselves

A CHARITY is calling on people across Yorkshire to hold Christmas events to stop half a million older people from spending Christmas Day alone. read more...
One third of older people in the UK affected by loneliness

One third of older people in the UK affected by loneliness

Friends of the Elderly is calling upon people to hold local Christmas activities so no older person will be alone on Christmas Day unless they want to be. As official partners of Community Christmas for 2015, national charity Friends of the Elderly hopes that more people than ever will get involved read more...
Sunday Express letter

Sunday Express letter

Following the publication of Caroline Wheelers article about Community Christmas comments were posted on line and a follow up letter published. read more...
Yorkshire Post

Yorkshire Post

An article sharing a range of options for those alone at Christmas including our very own Community Christmas. read more...
Sunday Express

Sunday Express

The Early Day Motion (EDM) launched by West Berkshire MP Richard Benyon supporting the work done by Community Christmas was picked up by Sunday Express journalist Caroline Wheeler. Read her full page article… read more...
BBC Radio

BBC Radio

The press release on 3rd November led to radio interviews with our Founder Caroline Billington on local BBC stations around the country. From Suffolk to Northampton, from Sheffield to Essex all generated interest with volunteers, older people and those who care about them all getting in contact. read more...
myageingparent

myageingparent

Our friends at myageingparent picked up our press release from last week and made it available through their on line newsletter. read more...
Community Christmas and partner Royal Voluntary Service in the national press

Community Christmas and partner Royal Voluntary Service in the national press

The joint press release with Royal Voluntary Service, our partners for 2014, has been picked up by a number of national newspapers and is generating a positive response. read more...
Townswomens Guild magazine

Townswomens Guild magazine

Having raised the profile of Community Christmas in 2013 Townswomens Guild supported our call to think about planning early. read more...
Hospitality Action Family Members Newsletter

Hospitality Action Family Members Newsletter

Our friends Hospitality Action have included some information about Community Christmas and how their members might want to become involved as volunteers or attendees. Others may also find it a useful summary and we would encourage any past employees of the hospitality industry to contact them about read more...
Easter – time to hatch your Christmas plan!

Easter – time to hatch your Christmas plan!

So many of us look forward to the long weekend that is the Easter break that it is easy to forget about the challenges it can bring for others. On Easter Sunday nearly everything is closed; the usual social activities are taking a break, public transport is reduced, shops, cafes and libraries are read more...
Tony Blackburn interviews...

Tony Blackburn interviews...

Tony Blackburn interviews Simon Bottery from Independent Age and Community Christmas founder Caroline Billington about the challenges of isolation for older people and the way our communities can help. read more...
Federation of Small Business – First Voice

Federation of Small Business – First Voice

Our founder, Caroline Billington, runs her own business and has links with the Federation of Small Business (FSB). An article in their First Voice magazine shared her experience of running a Christmas Day lunch and was aimed at encouraging other FSB members to do the same. read more...
myageingparent Newsletter

myageingparent Newsletter

The article in myageing parent’s latest newsletter helps children and carers understand the challenge faced by older people on Christmas Day as well as identifying the practical way in which Community Christmas can help read more...
BBC radio Oxford

BBC radio Oxford

Caroline talks about why Community Christmas started and the plans for the future. It was a wide ranging discussion about the challenges of community engagement but also recognising the year round benefit to the community of contact on Christmas Day read more...
BBC Radio Berkshire

BBC Radio Berkshire

Community Christmas on BBC Radio Berkshire interviewed by Anne Diamond read more...
Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter

Our partners at Neighbourhood Watch supporting our work and encouraging their communities to extend their impact. read more...
Townswomens Guild magazine

Townswomens Guild magazine

Townswomens Guild included a double page spread about Community Christmas in their recently published magazine hoping to encourage readers to think of those who will be alone at Christmas and think about setting up new initiatives. read more...
Neighbourhood watch Newsletter

Neighbourhood watch Newsletter

Community Christmas and Neighbourhood Watch announce their new partnership. read more...
87% of older people want a traditional Christmas spent in company, to help contact us now on 0800 063 9285