In approximately seven meetings over a few months my team in Manchester have found a venue and presents and food and a chef and volunteers for the young care leavers of The North West of England. They will have a magical Christmas Dinner on Christmas day. Last year we raised £10,000 (approx) in 30 days via crowdfunder. It has paid for Manchester Christmas Dinner in 2013 and for this year. Back here in London, in Hackney, my other Christmas Dinner team have also found presents, a venue, food, volunteers and chefs for the young care leavers here to have a magical day on Christmas Day. We’ve raised £10,000 (approx) in 30 days It will pay for this year in London and next. These Christmas Dinners are as much about the process as the actual day. It is the perception of the young person in care (and the care leaver) that I am trying to change. They are an opportunity for us to shine as a community rather than a problem to be solved. This perception change is a pivotal (often ignored) component of change. Without it we will only ever revisit the mistakes of the past. Shouldn’t we actively celebrate the young people in the present?