Project information

The Gift of Christmas

Christmas Dinner/Entertainment for150 isolated elderly people, refugees and asylum seekers, homeless people and people with mental health concerns.
We serve a full Christmas meal, live music, games and Father Christmas. So heart-warming for people across the community to have a great time together

December 2016 - December 2016

Charity information: Copleston Centre

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  • Need


    isolation and depression over the Christmas period


    Providing a free Christmas meal and evening's entertainment for 150 local people suffering isolation due to age, mental health concerns, homelessness, or as refugees and asylum seekers.
    Volunteers act as hosts on the tables to encourage people to talk to one another and connect to different parts of the community.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a Christmas meal to 150 isolated people from the local area


    » Three course christmas meal prepared and served by volunteers

    What success will look like

    We will keep a record of all the people who attended the event, and which organisations referred them.

    Aim 2

    To reduce isolation and help people connect with others from the local community


    » Volunteers sit at the table with the guests to encourage people to chat and get to know one another
    » A brass band plays music and carols, to create a Christmas atmosphere and provide entertainment to lift the spirits
    » Games (such as picture Bingo) that everyone can join in together, and create an anticipation of possibly winning a prize

    What success will look like

    Volunteers acting as hosts will provide feedback from the conversations at the tables.
    Guests will be asked to evaluate the event

    Aim 3

    To give local people the opportunity to volunteer at a Christmas event for people in need.


    » Preparing and cooking food for the meal
    » Decorating the hall to create a colourful christmas atmosphere
    » Serving food and clearing the tables afterwards
    » Sitting with the guests to encourage conversation and people getting to know one another

    What success will look like

    We will keep a register of all the volunteers, and where they found out about the event

  • Impact


    The event will bring about increased understanding of people's situations, and reduce the stigma associated. This is achieved by bringing people together and actively encouraging people to get to know one another, and by mixing people from the different categories of need.
    We will evidence this through verbal and form-based feedback from both guests and volunteers.
    Articles in local newspapers both before and after the event will also help promote understanding and reduce stigma.


    Insufficient funds to stage the event. We have some reserves from previous years, and can ensure tickets are only distributed in proportion to the funding as it comes in.
    We already have sufficient volunteers to fully staff the event.


    An evaluation of the feedback, together with photographs of the event will be included in a report made available to donors, and posted on our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500 Food costs Purchase of food from Makro
      £300 Hire of catering equipment Hire of all cutlery and crockery to serve 150 meals
      £180 Decorations Christmas Tree and decorations for hall
      £270 Gifts Small gifts for children and adults
      £250 Hall hire Cost of hiring hall with capacity for 150 people
      £120 Musicians expenses travel expenses for band members
      £250 Advertising Small ads in local papers: Peckham Peculiar, Dulwich Diverter, Southwark News
      £130 Admin Admin and printing costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Reserves £250 Guaranteed
    Crowdfunding website £500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Copleston Centre is in Peckham, on the borders of East Dulwich, which despite recent gentrification remains a very mixed community with significant areas of deprivation. The area has above average numbers of elderly people. We are linked to the Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers, and have a long track record of serving people with mental health concerns and working with the local Maudsley Hospital (Mental health)


    150 local people who are isolated due to age, mental health concerns, homelessness, or as refugees and asylum seekers

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a high profile in the Borough, and are well known to other organisations working with the intended beneficiaries.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Samantha Browne

    Administrator - overall responsibility for organising event, recruiting volunteers, and advertising event to local organisations

    Michelle Baharier

    Chef (volunteer) - preparing food and supervising volunteers

    Rusty Monkeys

    Brass Band providing entertainment

    Paul Collier

    MC on the evening, creating atmosphere, ensuring smooth flow of event and activities, and encouraging participation of guests