In Angel amongst Angels: Christmas Dinner & me.

I used to  practice holding my breath so that when the day came  I could  hold it for the full 24 hours. Then the day came: Christmas Day. Fortunately I love Christmas now.  For the past three years I’ve helped initiate and organize The Christmas Dinners for Care Leavers. This year it's in  Leeds, Manchester and Hackney. Each Christmas Dinner team gives their  time and skills in eight meetings from October to December We have two aims In the three months leading up to the day: To provide Read more [...]


What is The Christmas Dinner? It’s a Christmas Dinner for care leavers. Why not call it The Care leavers Christmas Dinner then? Would you want to come if it was called that!? Hey I’m asking the questions. What is a care leaver? A care leaver is a person over the age of 18 who has been looked after away from home by a local authority. Why did you start “The Christmas Dinner? Because I remember how hard Christmases were for me when I left care. So how many Christmas Dinners have you done and Read more [...]

The Three Christmas Dinners – Contact details

This is my absolute favorite project.  Click for the HOW TO GUIDE. The  aim of the Christmas dinner is that the community come together for the care leaver. There are three Christmas Dinners running this year.   All contact details are below.  Please share this page as much as possible. For the London Christmas Dinner for Care Leavers  write to Katrina Krishnan Doyle at     For the Manchester Christmas Dinner for Care Leavers write to Read more [...]

Merry Christmas to Leeds Manchester & London (So far…)

Hiya and a Merry Christmas to you. It's a bit early for the “Merry Christmas” bombshell but hear me out   This year I’m coordinating three Christmas Dinners for care leavers. One in Leeds one in Manchester and one in East London. Wanna help?   If you are in these areas and can commit to between seven and ten meetings over the last 3 months of 2015 - no need  to be there on Christmas Day - then let me know in the comments below this blog. Christmas Day can be the saddest most distraught 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 [...]