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 [...]

I need your help.

Asking 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 Read more [...]

Hackney Christmas Dinner 2014

The  aim is to provide a Christmas Day Dinner in Hackney for care leavers aged between 18 and 25 on Christmas Day. Many care leavers are sat in flats, B&B’s, hostels, away from family or are sofa surfing and indeed living on the streets on their own at Christmas. Christmas is a reminder of everything they never had. It's often a dreaded day. Not if we can help it. We will put on a scrumptious Christmas meal and create a magical day to remember at a secret location in Hackney. This year  we 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 [...]