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 [...]

FESTIVAL VIP TICKET SALE FOR #TCD2013

We only have seven days left to crowdfund to reach 10,000 total. Then we have funded this and and much of next years Christmas Dinner.  Wharehouse Project have offered VIP Festival ticket sales to The Christmas Dinner. All finance raised goes to The Christmas Dinner.  They are supporting us.  But there is seven days left  on The Christmas Dinner Crowdfunder  site where the tickets are available. Here are the tickets and their websites. Remember to go to Crowdfunder to pledge. A £290 pledge Read more [...]

Picture House Cinema backs The Christmas Dinner #TCD2013

I've just this minute met Leah Byrne of Picture House Cinemas. We met  in Shoreditch House.  Picture House have donated a whole cinema experience for The Christmas Dinner in Manchester as well as additional presents  and much more. Leah  happens to be carrying a film reel of The Dark Knight.  Beautiful coincidence:   Batman, like many care leavers,  is an orphan.  #TCD2013 Read more [...]

The Christmas Dinner needs a chef

I hoped we would get past the halfway mark for The Christmas Dinner and we did. Just click on the link on the right of the chef and you can pledge skills, money, goods or all three. You can write us too here. The Christmas Dinner needs a Chef.  Chef  is the most important person of the day.  If there is no chef there's nobody eating. We have organic vegetables donated by Unicorn Grocery. We have organic Turkeys donated by Baileys Turkeys.   We have the central Christmas  cake provided by Jill Read more [...]

Venue For The Christmas Dinner

The Christmas Dinner is a pop up group of twelve inspired professionals with over one hundred years experience of working with young people in care and care leavers.  We are putting together  The Christmas Dinner for forty five  care leavers between sixteen and twenty five at a secret location in Manchester. In the run up to Christmas the pressure  intensifies for care leavers.  Since I announced The Christmas Dinner we've been inspired by your responses. Thankyou. This morning I was filming Read more [...]