Community Christmas Dinners Grant Prove Popular
We were delighted at how popular our Community Christmas Dinners grant was again this year, with 34 grants awarded – totalling £8372! This money will allow small groups to put on Christmas meals for isolated members of their community. Beneficiaries are both old and young, rural and in towns, but most importantly, all of the grants will allow people to come together for a meal and companionship over the festive period. A few examples of successful applications this year…:
- Evercreech Friendship Club will invite 40 older people from their village to a Christmas meal at a local pub
- Escape Support Group will host a Christmas meal for families with children with additional needs
- Westfield United Reformed Church is arranging a series of meals for local people including those who sleep rough
These groups are also being given the chance to take part in a free online course called Making Every Contact Count (MECC). MECC is about listening to someone and asking open questions to encourage thoughts about a particular health or lifestyle issue, which we hope the groups will find helpful in their work.