Hackney Christmas Dinner & Manchester Christmas Dinner

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, Read more [...]

The Past The Present & The Gift: Mary Anne Hobbs #TCD2013

It's 5am Christmas Eve.  I'm staying  in the Northern Quarter in Manchester  for The Chrsitmas Dinner.  Throughout today I’ll share different aspects, different elements,  to  The Christmas Dinner. .  The first is is  Mary Ann Hobbs.   She's supported the Christmas dinner from the moment she heard of it  and she’ll be there tomorrow on Christmas day and she's offering something special to each diner. The tweet above is everything she needs to to make it happen. Each diner can sit Read more [...]

What is The Christmas Dinner and how is it doing?

This Christmas Dinner in Manchester is inspired by The Tope Project who did it first in London last year.   Louise Wallwein writes on the crowdfunder site   "The Christmas Dinner is a pop up organisation founded by Lemn Sissay.   We are a group of 10 professionals who between us have over a hundred years experience of working with young people."  I gathered a group of of people together   on October 6th 2013 via Google Conference. The aim:  to provide a Christmas day dinner for care leavers Read more [...]

Places for care leavers at The Christmas Dinner.

I check with The Christmas Dinner referral team to see how many care leavers are confirmed. Twenty five. There's space for 45.    I’m told an anxious young man has telephoned saying  he needed travel expenses to attend.    He wants to come to The Christmas Dinner but there's  no-one to refer him. His situation is complicated. Meanwhile I receive a message from someone I met at TEDx in Salford.  She told her friend about The Christmas Dinner. Her friend is a university student. He's 300 Read more [...]

Thankyou crowdfunders #TCD2013

If you have a good idea for the community in Britain there is a way to make it happen. Thankyou Louise Wallwein from The Christmas Dinner team. Louise had the idea to approach crowdfunder.co.uk to raise money for my vision.  Thankyou Sarah Sturmey of The Christmas Dinner team. Sarah stepped forward with her Charity to look after the money raised at Crowdfunder. Most importantly Crowdfunder glavanised us.  They  bought into the vision of A Christmas Dinner in The North West for care leavers between Read more [...]