No elderly person should spend Christmas Day alone so we have created an event to bring together local people from all backgrounds, to enjoy a festive meal and live entertainment in good company.
The event will bring together 350 people from the community to Hammersmith Town Hall with a team of volunteers young and old, the mayor & local councillors all pulling together to give the guests a memorable day.
To make this event happen there are five key elements that need funding:
Transport- Fully accessible door to door service
Qualified carers- Assisting guests on the day with personal care
Catering & equipment- Christmas lunch with all the trimmings
Entertainment & decor- Professional live acts, Christmas tree & gifts
Event management- Experienced logistics team
What we'll deliver:
- Traditional Christmas day lunch for 350 people
- Door to door transport service for all guests
- A team of qualified carers to deal with the specific needs of older people
- Entertainment by professional live acts, singalongs & dancing
- A gift for each guest to take home
Why it's a great idea:
Our aim is not only to combat loneliness during the festive season, but to create a lasting legacy of new friendships and an awareness of services available for older people in the borough such as befriending, home care, meals on wheels and lunch clubs.
The event will help adult social services identify particularly vulnerable residents who may have otherwise slipped through the net.
Creating a feel good atmosphere by bringing the community together to enjoy a delightful day
Steps to get it done:
- Promoting the event to residents in the borough
- Producing event operational & safety plan
- Securing & organisation of contractor logistics
- Organisation of attendee administration
- Booking & arranging set up/decoration of the venue
- Reaching out & securing volunteers
“We are delighted to be taking part in this year’s Christmas Day lunch with Hammersmith Borough Council. Christmas can be one of the loneliest times for older people, as it’s traditionally a time spent with family and friends. For older people who are lonely, having a free event that they can go to on Christmas Day, which will provide them with a tasty hot meal and good company for the day, could be a lifeline. What’s more, we hope that we will be able to help many of the attendees with more long-term support by arranging for them to receive a friendly volunteer visitor or telephone caller, if that’s what they would like.”