How Do I Find Out More?
There’s lots of information, about The Christmas Dinners on this website which will give you an understanding of their history, what it feels like to be a volunteer or helper and most importantly the difference that they make to care leavers. Most is in The How To Guide. We’ve tried to keep the site simple. But if you google care leavers Christmas you can see videos and press and blogs . on what we do.
Also for more practical information about what it takes to put the Christmas Dinners together then read the How To guide.
How Do I Register My Interest?
The first thing to do is look at THE HOW TO GUIDE. If there’s a Christmas Dinner in your town, city or region they will have a Facebook page and Twitter account. That’s probably the best way to ask any questions, and show that you’re interested. Or start one yourself! All the teams will be delighted to answer any questions and welcome any new volunteers to join in in whatever capacity they can. Look at CHRISTMAS PAST for contact details of previous dinners.
How Do I Start A Christmas Dinner Near Me?
The best place to start is to read the HOW TO GUIDE. The guide isn’t a book of hard and fast rules as The Christmas Dinner isn’t an organisation in the traditional sense. It’s a set of guidance, best practice and a structure that you can use to construct your own amazing Christmas Dinner.
It would also be useful for you to contact someone who has experience of being part of organising a Christmas Dinner in the past. There are a list of email contact details in the Christmas Present section.
How Else Can I Get Involved?
There are lots of ways to get involved and the best way to find out about them is through the Facebook pages on The Christmas Past page. You can always leave a message on the blog here.
As well as joining a Steering Group who meet 8-10 times between September and December to plan the event there are also opportunities to help:
- Buy presents
- Help with gift wrapping and decoration making
- Volunteer to be a helper on Christmas Day
Everyone’s support is incredibly valuable so we’d love to hear from you.