I need your help.

IMG_2323Asking for help is a big deal for me. I used to think it  was a sign of weakness. Now I realise it’s a sign of strength and development. If you can’t ask for help you can’t grow.

So help me please. With a few people I’m putting on a Christmas Dinner in Hackney  for Care Leavers on Chrsitmas Day.  You can find out all about us – The Christmas Dinner Team –   via our crowdfunding site. With only 14 days left we need a further £1,358 to reach the target But that’s not actually why I need your help.

I need VOLUNTEERS . We have the venue, the food, the chef… Now we need volunteers on Christmas Day and Eve. We need people to be cloakroom attendants, food servers, someone to look after the film room, karaoke attendant. Click here for the volunteer form. All the details or on it. Fill it in and send it. Someone  will get straight back to you.  Deadline – December 7th.

I need Referrals: There are 70 places for care leavers (free) and we’re working on a first come first serve basis. It’s starting to fill. Do you know someone who is a care leaver between 16 and 25 with connection to the east of London?  Or do you know an organisation who work with care leavers?   Maybe it’s you? Here is  The Christmas Dinner – Referral Form 2014. Fill it in and email  it. The address is in the form.  Any questions about this then please ask them via the address on the form and someone from the team will get back to you. Information about the Dinner is on the form too. Deadline – December 7th.

I need presents: We need presents for care leavers. Do you know a company who would give presents?  Tickets to the cinema, ipods, tickets to concerts, free hairdressing, clothes?   We can provide a charity to accept the presents on our behalf. Nothing second hand. Do you have ideas about who we might approach? Do you know someone yourself?  Would you approach them?  Also we need someone to help with this process. Interested? Message me in the comments below.

Last year we did this in Manchester and it was beautiful. See video below.   But in Hackney it’s our first time. The dedicated team of individuals in Hackney are working to their utmost. I need your help. We need your help. We are not an organistion. We are a group of professionals who have come together in a personal capacity to make a difference.

Christmas Day. This day of all  deserves to be special for the young care leaver. We really and honestly can’t do this alone. We can’t do it without a thousand moments of kindness from others.  The smallest action can make the greatest difference.   Cheers for reading thus far.  Best Wishes for this Christmas from me -from all of us care leavers and The Chrsitmas Dinner team in hackney.   Our next meeting is 9th December.



We need help.

12 thoughts on “I need your help.”

  1. Why not approach Hamleys, John Lewis, Selfridges and Argos. They would love the publicity and it could really help get some wonderful kids a great set of gifts.

  2. Keen to help on either days…have lots of experience teaching/supporting 16-20s. I don’t have own transport, live in sarf east London. Can provide local contacts for details of local leavers esp those struggling to study. I suppose you know the amazing David Akinsanya?

    1. Would you fill in the volunteer form by clicking on the link in the blog and send it to the address provided please – THANKYOU.

  3. Hi there
    I have applied to volunteer but also thinking about present donations. Is there anyone organising this? If there is a place where people can donate, I can get as many people as possible to get gifts but would be good if there was somewhere they could be left. Maybe a local pub or shop? Any thoughts?

  4. Hi Lemn hope you are well. You might drum up some support from the Melodians Steel Orchestra. We spoke about this ages ago – a multicultural group who are just about to release a fundraising CD recorded at Maida Vale studios. Their Christmas concert is in Balham on 13 December and they’re looking for an m.c.! Email me for more info if you want. All the best, Howard

  5. Hi,

    I’m too far away to be able to help. And I’m not important enough to know companies who could donate gifts. But I have donated some money.
    I wish you and all the care leavers a very, very Happy Christmas and a New Year filled with light, peace and hope. xx

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