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Make this Christmas different

11 comments on “Make this Christmas different
  1. Sandra Periton says:

    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. Bev says:

    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. Julie sarmah says:

    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. Elizabeth Lee says:

    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. Mrs Kent says:

    I would like to help over Christmas in my area or surrounding areas over Christmas ,TA9

  6. Amanda Henning says:

    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

    • Chris Barnes says:

      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!

  7. Henry Lissack says:

    I would like to invite a lonely elderly person to spend Christmas Day with my friends and me

    • Chris Barnes says:

      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!

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