Project information

12 Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas Project will focus on providing help and support to families in need over the 12 days in the run up to Christmas. Last year we targeted 60 families and among them 149 children. Getting help with food and gifts. This year we want to target 100 families. Please help.

December 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: Croxteth Gems Community Association

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  • Need


    The problem the project is trying to solve is children living in poverty. Christmas should be a magical time for all children and their families, but unfortunately this is not the case. Many families cannot celebrate Christmas due to the cost. In many homes their are no Christmas Tree's, decorations or anything to reflect that its Christmas. Children do not get a chance to visit Santa and receive a gift as most grotto's are based in the town centre and the cost is way beyond what they can afford


    We will provide a Christmas Grotto for up to 200 children living in the Croxteth area, ensuring all children get a chance to meet Santa and receive a gift. We will target 100 families and approx 200 children and help them get food, decoration, toys and new PJ's. We would like to see these families get a £25 shopping voucher to ensure they will get a Christmas dinner. We want to help decorate homes with Christmas trees and make Christmas a magical time for children in our community. Please help.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide a Christmas Grotto for up to 200 children so they can meet Santa and receive a gift.


    » We will hire an inflatable grotto which we will put up in the main hall of the local community centre which is central to the Croxteth Community.
    » We will provide each child with a chance to meet Santa give him a letter, have a photo taken with him and receive a free gift.

    What success will look like

    By monitoring the number of children and families attending and receiving a gift. By recording feedback from families both written and verbal.

    Aim 2

    Ensure that disadvantaged families can celebrate Christmas.


    » Work with the local Children's Centre, schools and other community groups to identify those most in need of help over the Christmas period.
    » Put on tribute nights in the local pub asking people to donate toys, selection boxes and childrens PJ's instead of paying an entrance fee.
    » Hold a series of planning meetings with other agencies to ensure the smooth operation of the project and the distribution of goods at Christmas.

    What success will look like

    By monitoring the number of families and children who receive food, gifts, PJ's, Christmas tree's and decorations and enough shopping vouchers to purchase a Christmas dinner.

  • Impact


    By working with these families we are able to signpost them to other agencies to receive welfare benefits advice, access to the Liverpool Citizenship Scheme, offer free access to youth & Play provision at Croxteth Gems where children can get access to free breakfast and lunch during every school half term with food waste provided by Fair Share and Can cook share your lunch campaign. By providing families with free school clothing items donated by Aldi through Fair Share.


    The risks include not having enough donations to go around all of the families. We have dealt with this by using all the contacts we have both locally and city wide that can help us get the items we need. By fundraising locally through Tribute Nights at local pub and putting out an appeal for help through social media and local newspaper.
    Risks also include meeting the demand for a free grotto. We have dealt with this by sending out invitations to those identified by local children's centre.


    We will provide an evaluation of the project which will highlight what was achieved and the number of beneficiaries of the project. We will provide photographic evidence of the free grotto and feedback from those who took part in the activities.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,550

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      Amount Heading Description
      £450 Pop up grotto Holding one grotto for 200 children
      £2,500 Family Christmas Dinner 100 families to receive 25 pound shopping voucher
      £600 Free gift at 3 pound per child 200 children to receive gift
  • Background


    Croxteth Gems Community Association was established in 1969. In the location of the centre poverty remains a stubborn part of our daily life in North Croxteth. Our part of the ward falls in the most deprived top 1% of neighbourhoods nationally (the north SOA's - 16.9%). In 2007 none of the ward occupied the most severe deprivation category. The proportion of the wards children living in poverty has increased since 2006 - rising from 23.2% to 24.3%. ( Liverpool City Council Ward Profile 2015).


    100 disadvantaged families from the Croxteth. 200 children will get a chance to meet Santa and receive a gift.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    What makes us special is that we are 'owned' by the community we serve. Everything we do meets the expressed needs and they support us enthusiastically (eg fundraising). It all boils down to trust. We are part of a network of local groups and organisations (inc police, housing, council, schools etc) that work together to meet need. Their support and referrals show we are an important leader. Croxteth Gems won the Liverpool Youth Service Award for strengthening families and communities in 2016.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Michelle Bowden

    Michelle is the Centre Manager and her role in the pro is to help write funding bids and liase with other agencies and organisations .

    Jean Hannah

    Jean is the youth & Play Coordinator and her role is to coordinate the project and take a lead in the planning group.

    Julie Burquest

    Julie is the deputy Coordinator and her role in the project is to fund raise locally.

    Liam Moore

    Liam is a volunteer and his role is to coordinate the fundraising through the tribute nights at the local pub.