Mission

No older person should be alone on Christmas Day unless they want to be

Make this Christmas different

12 thoughts on “Make this Christmas different

  1. I helped in the kitchen with the last 2 Christmases at the Christadelphian Hall in Thatcham, and would like to help again if an event is due to take place this year.

  2. I would like to be of help at a Christmas day event organised for the elderly or homeless in my area of Somerset TA1 if something is going on

    Bev from Taunton

  3. I would like to be of help at a Christmas day event organised for the elderly or homeless in my area of Liverpool. Can you please tell me if something is going on. I already contacted the Cargo Grill event.

  4. I would like to be involved in organising, or helping to organise a Community Christmas event in Kidderminster Worcestershire. Is there anything already planned for this area? If not, how can I start one?

  5. I would like to offer Christmas dinner to up to 3 people on Christmas Day I can pick up and drop off in my local area if anyone is interested

    • Hi Amanda, thank you so much for getting in touch. Unfortunately, I am sure you will understand, for reasons of safety of all parties we are not able to put individuals directly in contact with each other. However, there are some options that you can consider that may work for you:
      • If you have older neighbours then why not knock on their door and make sure they are ok over the Christmas period.
      • If you would be happy to have your Christmas lunch, or part of your Christmas Day, in a local pub, café, hotel or restaurant so that you were available to share a coffee or meal with someone booking alone we would be happy to list the pub etc as offering that companionship.
      • In the longer term you might want to consider signing up with a befriending scheme or other initiative so that you have had the relevant checks and met some older people locally. This clearly has year round benefits to the older person and would mean that next Christmas you might be able to host someone as a personal activity. We particularly recommend:
      o Contact the Elderly – monthly Sunday teas or their new Spare Chair Sunday initiative
      o Friends of the Elderly – Be a Friend
      o Contacting your local Volunteer Centre (or equivalent) who will know of specific local initiatives looking for volunteer support.
      • Last but not least, you may wish to consider volunteering at an existing public activity or event. I am not sure whether you did a postcode search on our website but if not then please do so by visiting our Events page (https://communitychristmas.org.uk/map/) where you will also find information to allow you to contact the organiser direct. If there is nothing currently listed please do keep checking as we are constantly adding new information about events and activities as we become aware of them.
      Thanks again for wanting to make this Christmas better for older people, we need more people like you!

    • Hi Henry, thank you so much for getting in touch. Unfortunately, I am sure you will understand, for reasons of safety of all parties we are not able to put individuals directly in contact with each other. However, there are some options that you can consider that may work for you:
      • If you have older neighbours then why not knock on their door and make sure they are ok over the Christmas period.
      • If you would be happy to have your Christmas lunch, or part of your Christmas Day, in a local pub, café, hotel or restaurant so that you were available to share a coffee or meal with someone booking alone we would be happy to list the pub etc as offering that companionship.
      • In the longer term you might want to consider signing up with a befriending scheme or other initiative so that you have had the relevant checks and met some older people locally. This clearly has year round benefits to the older person and would mean that next Christmas you might be able to host someone as a personal activity. We particularly recommend:
      o Contact the Elderly – monthly Sunday teas or their new Spare Chair Sunday initiative
      o Friends of the Elderly – Be a Friend
      o Contacting your local Volunteer Centre (or equivalent) who will know of specific local initiatives looking for volunteer support.
      • Last but not least, you may wish to consider volunteering at an existing public activity or event. I am not sure whether you did a postcode search on our website but if not then please do so by visiting our Events page (https://communitychristmas.org.uk/map/) where you will also find information to allow you to contact the organiser direct. If there is nothing currently listed please do keep checking as we are constantly adding new information about events and activities as we become aware of them.
      Thanks again for wanting to make this Christmas better for older people, we need more people like you!

  6. I would love to offer help on Christmas Day 2018 to any community gathering for people who would otherwise spend the day on their own, helping serve meals , companionship and eventually the possibility of befriending lonely or elderly people for a Sunday lunch or tea, cake and chat.
    I should be grateful if you could give me any information or help as I have “ Googled” volunteer opportunities in the Birmingham area but don’t seem to be getting very far!

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