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Project information

A gift of Hope

This Christmas Emmanuel House will give homeless people hope and a reason to celebrate. We welcome everyone on Christmas Eve, Christmas day and Boxing day reducing social isolation. Our Support Centre will offer warmth to anyone in need, with hot drinks, warm clothes, festive food and gifts for all

December 2017 - January 2018

Charity information: Emmanuel House Day Centre

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  • Need


    Emmanuel House will run this project to reduce loneliness and social isolation suffered throughout the Festive Period particularly focusing on engaging those aged over 55. Christmas can be a particularly hard time for those who are isolated and alone and people who are rough sleeping or in temporary accommodation often have no contact with family or friends leaving them struggling to cope. Emmanuel House will open its doors and give hope to homeless and vulnerable people


    We will be open throughout the festive period offering a warm welcome to all. Our support workers will be on hand to offer emotional and practical help to those in need and provide access to The Nottingham Winter Shelter. We also offer services such as laundry facilities, hot meals and drinks. The centre will be a place of comfort, festive fun and warmth where everyone is included. The project will run all over the festive period enabling people to continue to access support.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support 60 plus people over the Christmas period reducing social isolation and loneliness.


    » Hold a Christmas party prior to Christmas to enable people to feel included in the community, with a focus on older homeless and vulnerable people.
    » Open our doors on Christmas eve and Christmas day and Boxing day to ensure all people can access support and socialise
    » Serve Christmas dinner and provide suitable gifts for those in need who would otherwise go without.

    What success will look like

    We will record the numbers and ages of people accessing the service on a daily basis along with their individual needs.

  • Impact


    People who access the service over the period will be empowered to make positive changes & continue to access support to meet their individual needs, including permanently resettling within the community as a result of our support. Information and figures collected will highlight the needs of homeless people during the winter & be used to inform the ongoing work of our organisation and partner agencies to ensure peoples needs are met. In the long term this will improve the services available.


    As we are open all year around we are confident that the project is needed and we will support over 60 people during the period. Risks could be other informal projects being set up to support people on Christmas day. We are the only open access drop in centre within Nottingham city and are raising our profile to ensure people are aware that what support and services we can offer. We work in partnership with other organisations to mitigate any risk of the project failing to fulfill outcomes.


    Through direct contact with them regarding reporting of the Christmas hope project, messages of thanks and newsletters showing our work over the Christmas period. We will also report the work through our annual report .

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Christmas Dinner To open the centre and serve a free Christmas dinner to 60 plus people
      £1,000 Christmas Eve To open the centre and support 60 plus people emotionally and practically
      £1,000 Boxing Day To open the centre and offer support and services to those in need
  • Background


    The project will take place solely within the Emmanuel House Support Centre, in Hockley Nottingham. The beneficiaries are all vulnerable people aged over 55 many of whom are homeless and mainly people based within Nottingham city and some of the surrounding areas. We are centrally located making it easy for people without transport to access the centre.


    Men and women aged 55+ who have no where else to go at Christmas time. These are adults who are mainly homeless or inadequately housed vulnerable people suffering poor mental health and whom have various other multiple and complex needs.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As we are an established independent charity that runs an open access Support Centre. We are the service of choice for many vulnerable and homeless people who use the centre to access support, advice and advocacy services to help them transform their lives. We have the systems in place to be able to carry out the project successfully and are familiar with the client group, their needs and the best ways of supporting and empoweringthem.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alistair Paylor

    Manages all aspects of the Support Centre on a Day to day basis