Project information

Bringing Christmas to our young people

Many of our young people have never opened a Christmas present or eaten a home-cooked Christmas dinner and there won't be much to celebrate during the festive period.
Donate to us today so that we can buy each of the over 600 young people their first Christmas present and meal to enjoy at our centre

December 2016 - January 2017

Charity information: TwentyTwenty

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  • Need


    TwentyTwenty supports some of the most vulnerable, disadvantaged young people in the East Midlands and helps them to transform their lives.
    It is easy to forget that for many at Christmas, the festive period can be a struggle, exaggerating feelings of deprivation and loneliness. We want each young person we support to feel special this Christmas, by providing them each with a gift and a hot meal to enjoy at our centres.
    Every child and young person deserves a Christmas to remember.


    By providing a gift and hot meal for each of our young people, they will get to experience the joy of Christmas which many have never felt. Seeing a young person open their first ever Christmas present is an amazing thing and at TwentyTwenty we are dedicated to providing our young people with experiences such as this, that they can take away with them into their bright futures.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enable each of our young people to experience the joy of Christmas.


    » Provide each of our over 600 young people with a small Christmas gift - many have never opened a present before!
    » Provide a hot home-cooked Christmas dinner for each of our young people, that they can enjoy in each others company, in the true spirit of Christmas.

    Providing our young people with experiences that they will cherish increases their engagement with TwentyTwenty leading to positive progression. We use evidence based reporting.

  • Impact


    Whilst on the Journey 2 Work program, each young person will develop the skills and know-how to build a bright future. Part of the complex support package that we offer, focuses on supporting them to develop confidence, self-awareness and emotional resilience.
    By celebrating Christmas at TwentyTwenty and making this part of their journey, these deprived young people gain crucial memories and experiences which will shape their feelings and attitudes for years to come.


    Our young people face complex problems, from mental health, to risk of homelessness and severe deprivation. We manage these risks and provide the support necessary for each young person to cope with and overcome them.


    We report using an outcomes and outputs evaluation database to ensure consistent and measured progress. This produces read-outs on different activities undertaken, young people involved and projects work on, as well as figures on areas such as attainment, retention, attendance and progression.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Christmas presents & meal Providing a gift & hot meal for our over 600 young people
  • Background


    We deliver our work across three Lifeskills Centres - Leicester, Loughborough and Derby. The funding from this project will support young people accessing these centres.


    The most deprived young people in the East Midlands. We work with children from as young as 11 to 24 years old.
    We plan to support over 600 young people with our Christmas initiative.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    On average 89% of our students achieve their key aims, move on to sustained further education or jobs. Over last 3 years we’ve been commended by the local authority for contributing significantly to a 20% drop in the number of NEET young people in Leicestershire, especially on the toughest estates, and correspondingly seeing an average 80% reduction in crime ASB perpetrated by our students (verified by official Police data).

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mike Hughes

    CEO and founder. Led TwentyTwenty to high performance and growth since inception, has co-authored a number of influential reports on tackling youth.

    Sarah Ford

    Operations Director Sarah started as a volunteer in 2008, then launched our successful pre-16 programme, has excelled in every single promotion.

    Sheila Tully

    Corporate manager who leads on securing business relationships held a senior position at Barnardos, previously expanded our mentoring to 2 counties

    Izzy Neale

    Our Regional Operations Manager, also a qualified counsellor has successfully been managing all our bespoke support projects for each student.