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Alleviating Loneliness This Christmas

The Archway Foundation is organising a Christmas Dinner evening for those in need of support socially. For many The Archway Christmas Dinner evening will be the only opportunity to celebrate with others and is crucial at what can be a very lonely time.

August 2010 - December 2010

Charity information: The Archway Foundation

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  • Need


    Those who have no family or are estranged from them and have few or no friends can feel unwanted of forgotten at a time of year when it appears everyone else has someone to celebrate with.


    The Archway Foundation ensures that a listening ear and a friendly face are available to those who would otherwise be without human contact. Our social events are sensitively organised with our volunteers to make sure everyone feels welcome, included, allowed to be themselves and encouraged to re-learn social skills. This provides a sense of belonging and will help reduce the pain of loneliness at this potentially difficult time of year.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reach the £3,000 needed to cover the costs of the event.


    » Infenium Smile donated £500 towards this. Letters of request sent to local companies. Own fundraising events are continuous throughout the year.

    What success will look like

    Raising enough money to provide a Christmas dinner event and subsidised travel.

  • Impact


    Known links between loneliness, isolation and mental ill health means we are helping to reduce the onset or relapse into mental illness. Feedback from referrers to our service demonstrates the positive impact Archway has on reducing loneliness, improving communication skills and building social confidence.


    Insufficient funds raised will mean that we will have to increase the cost to service users. This could result in many missing out.


    Donors receive individual letters and can elect to receive our newsletter detailing this and other projects.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £750 Sending invitations cost of printing, postage, staff time
      £500 Subsidised travel Volunteer expenses, phone calls, staff time
      £1,750 Catering Christmas dinner including venue

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Infineum Smile £500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    It will be held in a Church hall in Oxford.


    Archway service users.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Because we serve those hurt by loneliness we arrange events which in this case we cannot afford without help or fundraising. Loneliness is often overlooked as a serious human condition. Organising something such as a Christmas dinner with the opportunity to be with people eliviates the pain of loneliness and the feeling of being left out of society.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Office Staff And Volunteers

    Office staff organise the event, catering, invitations, and arrange transport for those who would otherwise not be able to get out. Volunteers on day.

‘I can’t bear the loneliness, it’s great to have somewhere I can go and find company’

anon aged 82