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Project information

Open Christmas

Christmas time is an especially difficult time for people with mental health problems, highlighting their isolation and making it a worrying and stressful time. The Fircroft Centre will provide a welcoming and fun time for over 30 people in the Kingston upon Thames area.

November 2012 - December 2012

Charity information: The Fircroft Trust

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  • Need


    Many people with mental health problems become isolated from friends and family and find themselves unable to cope - particularly over the Christmas period. Currently the Fircroft Centre is the only place in the borough offering a Christmas service exclusively to people with mentalhealth problems.


    This year the Fircroft Centre will open it's doors during the Christmas period and welcome over 30 people from Kingston and the surrounding area for fun, games and most importantly, support. We will also be opening on Christmas Day. Staff and volunteers will make sure that for them, Christmas really will be a time of friendship and sharing.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help make Christmas special for people with mental health problems


    » We will be open Christmas Day - providing a Christmas lunch with all its trimmings
    » We will have a series of games available during the whole of the Christmas period
    » We will have trained staff on hand to help support anyone who is finding the period difficult.
    » Everyone attending on Christmas Day will receive a small gift

    What success will look like

    Success will be...when all those attending feel they have managed the Christmas season without needing hospitalisation or becoming unwell.

  • Impact


    By opening at Christmas we will be able to support people with mental health problems cope with the seasonal festiviities. We will continue to be available to anyone needing our services. Systems that can be used as outcome indicators are in place for getting regular feedback from users including the Service Users Committee which feeds back to the Centre Manager who in turn feeds back to the Chief Executive and from there, the Trustees.


    The main risk is financial - whether we will be able to raise enough funds for the project.


    All our donors are kept up to date through our newsletter. Thank you letters are, of course, sent personally.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,200 staffing staff time and overtime
      £500 volunteer costs expenses incurred by volunteers
      £300 gifts/ travel to be given to each service user
      £500 food cost of food for the 10 days of Christmas
  • Background


    Kingston upon Thames


    Service users are referred to us by social and health agencies and have moderate to severe mental health problems. Most our service users are on benefits and have low incomes; some of our service users have a learning disability; A few service users are homeless and in temporary accommodation; Last year we were able to support 10 people and avoiding hospital admissions

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Because currently there is no one else able to provide the in-house service we provide and the flexibility to be able to open at Christmas.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Staff And Volunteers At Fircroft Centre

    We are grateful to the staff and volunteers willing to give time and even Christmas Day in order to make the Open Christmas project a success.

If I didn't come here I would have spent Christmas Day on my own

Service User