As the shops start to fill with mince pies and bauble lined trees, the approach of Christmas seems to be upon us. Time to share the second half of our top 10 myth busters which we hope will allay your fears about becoming involved with Community Christmas and encourage more people to get together in their communities. Find the first 5 myths busted here.
- Doesn’t everyone already know about it?
Many might but one of the reasons people become isolated is because they don’t know what is in their local community – we have placed people with lunches less than a mile down the road that they didn’t know about.
- Why Christmas Day what about the rest of the year?
Going somewhere new or doing something different on Christmas Day can lead to new contacts in the community and sharing of information that can make a longer term difference.
- There’s already someone else doing something locally
One event in Oxford will not be enough, and if it is a traditional lunch in a hall those that would prefer a lighter meal with less people might prefer to visit a care home. Offering choices is key.
- We might get too many enquiries if we list on the website
Our standard form enables you to indicate if booking is needed by a particular closing date, whether volunteers are need and even whether it is for our information only or for listing on the website. We can amend or remove a listing at anytime ie if you become full.
- I don’t want to take the place of someone more deserving or ‘put people out’
Many younger people want the presence of an older person on Christmas Day, want to make Christmas different for themselves and don’t want to cook ‘just another Sunday lunch’.
Gathering people together in one place helps EVERYONE on Christmas Day and beyond so get involved now!