Project information

Connecting Communities at Christmas

Promoting social connections, health & wellbeing of older people, and homeless individuals by providing free three course Christmas lunch with entertainment and providing volunteering opportunities through connectivity & inter-generational activities

December 2014 - December 2014

Charity information

The Abbey Community Association Ltd

The Abbey Community Association Ltd logo
  • Need


    Reduce loneliness, social isolation and the negative health impacts of worklessness and low income. Reconnect marginalized sections of the community and promote better understanding between communities to breakdown misunderstandings and community fears.


    Bring together diverse sections of the local communities.
    Empower isolated members of the community to reintegrate into the wider community.
    Improve mental health and overall wellbeing.
    Build self-esteem and develop a sense of purpose as participants reconnect.
    Provide opportunities for diverse sections of the community to come together and have fun.
    Improve community cohesion overall.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduce loneliness, social isolation and improve wellbeing for most deprived in SW1.


    » Providing hot three course Christmas meal with all the trimmings followed by entertainment.

    Number of older people attending 100+
    Number of homeless people attending 80+
    Ethnic profile of beneficiaries
    Number & profile of volunteers (age, ethnicity, gender, postcode)

    Aim 2

    Promote social cohesion amongst vulnerable groups in the local community


    » Provide an opportunity for people of diverse backgrounds to celebrate together at what can be a lonely time of year and enjoy entertainment activities
    » Provide volunteering opportunities in multi-generational activities to increase the connectivity and understanding between stigmatised groups

    Baseline assessment.
    Feedback form from all beneficiaries.

  • Impact


    Dispel the myths surrounding stigmatised groups such as homeless individuals and older people via continued multi-generational activities within the community.
    Encourage further participation in community activities at the centre to combat isolation/loneliness supported by a group of our outreach volunteers.
    Foster tolerance and understanding within the local SW1 community.


    Substance misuse by some attendees - Individual would be asked to leave.
    Accessibility of older people due to limited mobility - Arrange transport in advance for those in need.
    Traffic disruption that hindered food arrival- order in advance.
    Accidents and fire - All volunteers briefed of procedures consistent with our health and safety policy.


    Collect monitoring stats and data.
    Formal reports to funders and trustees outlining feedback, photographs and stats.
    Testimonials from participants published on our website, social media channels
    Donors to receive specially designed 'Thank You' certificate

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,016

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,169 Staff costs Chef Manager, Volunteer coordinator, kitchen assistants x 3 - including pension, tax and N.I
      £1,600 Venue Room hire - including electricity, heating, lighting, equipment
      £2,400 Catering Ingredients - traditional full Christmas lunch - including wine (where appropriate)
      £847 Management & On-costs Management costs, printing & postage
  • Background


    The Abbey Centre
    34 Great Smith Street
    SW1P 3BU


    Older people and homeless individuals from five wards in the south of Westminster.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Abbey Community Association (ACAL) is a well-established charity since and social enterprise, established in 1948, that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups in south Westminster. Our primary focus is the health and wellbeing of residents who experience deprivation, worklessness, and disadvantaged. The Abbey Centre acts as a vibrant welcoming community hub for the area and offers signposting to other statutory services.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lainya Offside-Keivani

    Chief Executive Officer - Encouraging contacts to make pledges. Ensuring project is delivered effectively.

    Caroline Richardson

    Community Engagement & Enterprise Manager - Coordinating project delivery, recruiting volunteers, monitoring and reporting

    Pimlico Academy

    Young Volunteers from the partner organisation - supporting recruitment of young people to act as volunteers