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Project information

Christmas Day for otherwise alone older people

Jacksons Lane throws open its doors on Christmas Day to provide lunch with all the trimmings, gifts, and a full day of entertainment to over 150 elderly and disabled people who would otherwise be spending the day alone. We work to ensure the most vulnerable in our community have a special Christmas.

November 2015 - January 2016

Charity information: Jacksons Lane

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  • Need


    In North London there are large numbers of older and disabled people who do not have family or friends around them at Christmas. They are, through infirmity or disability, unable to travel unaided and have the prospect of spending Christmas all alone, adding to the feelings of depression and isolation.


    We will provide transport for all those unable to travel, and a team of volunteers will cook Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, gifts, and a full day of entertainment (artists and entertainers giving their time for free) to make sure at Christmas no one has to be alone.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide transport, lunch, gifts and entertainment for 100 older and infirm people at Christmas


    » Open our doors on Christmas Day and transport, cook for and entertain 100 older people who would otherwise be spending Christmas alone

    What success will look like

    Success will be... 100 older and disabled people having a fun Christmas, enjoying a cooked meal, and enjoying the company of others at Christmas.

  • Impact


    People will feel less isolated, be able to talk with peers, enjoy a hot meal and hopefully feel more able to stave off deterioration for longer.


    We are unable to transport all people who would like to attend. To combat this, we are recruiting a large team of volunteers who will transport everyone.


    We will create a report on the day (with photos) and post it to our website, and share photos on twitter and facebook. Anyone who would like feedback from those benefiting from the day can also have this sent to them.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,430

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,200 Food and drink for guests Providing Christmas lunch and drinks for 150 people
      £750 Christmas gifts Making sure everyone has a small present at Christmas to open
      £500 Stage for performers, utilitie Hire and construction of a small stage area, electricity & cleaning costs
      £450 Decorations & tableware Pans, plates, cutlery, crackers, decorations
      £850 Newsletter and postage Creation & print of community newsletter advertising the Day and posted to older people / care homes
      £1,200 Staffing, care workers Paying carers and support staff
      £480 Community Transport Specialist transport for those in wheelchairs
  • Background


    The day will take place at Jacksons Lane, an arts & community hub on Archway Road, North London. Guests will be transported from all across North London, including: Highgate, Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Archway, Islington, Tottenham, Wood Green, Barnet, Haringey, Camden and Brent.


    Older people (usually 85 plus) and those who are disabled and infirm from across North London. The project covers some of the most deprived areas of the country.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Jacksons Lane have provided this service at Christmas for over 30 years, and we have expertise and facilities to deliver this. We employ a team of over 100 volunteers to make sure the most vulnerable have a memorable Christmas when they can't be with families or loved ones.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Paul & Jan Brooker

    Paul and Jan have run this project for over 30 years, and recruit a great team of dedicated volunteers to work with them as cooks, drivers and artists

Christmas Day lunch at Jacksons Lane

Christmas Day lunch at Jacksons Lane


will pay for one older person to attend

“I tend to be introvert but this was great. I had a lot of nice chat and the food was beautiful.”

Leon, a Social Lunch guest at Jacksons Lane