TheChristmas Dinner 2015
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Led by the poet Lemn Sissay. "The Christmas Dinner" is a collective of artists, adult careleavers and social care professionals working together to provide a Christmas Day Dinner to remember for care leavers between 16 and 30.
This year we are going national with Dinners planned in Manchester, Leeds and Hackney and with your help anywhere that needs one.
Our aim is no careleaver alone on christmas day.
We have some lovely rewards on offer please check them out
including for £1000 you will have your name etched onto this front page
so far we would like to thank
What is a care leaver?
anyone who has been in the care of a local authority for at least 13 weeks, whether away from home or in the home, will be considered to have a background in care, and therefore be eligible for support.
A Care leaver is defined as a person aged 25 or under, who has been looked after away from home by a local authority for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14; and who was looked after away from home by the local authority at school-leaving age or after that date.
Many care leavers are sat in flats, B&B’s, hostels, sofa surfing and indeed living on the streets on their own at Christmas. It can be a day to dread and then forget.
This is a careleaver. Lemn has achieved many great things, this year he was installed as Chancellor of the University of Manchester. With your support we can continue to inspire many young people like us to fulfull their potential. How can we do this in one day in the year? By simply bringing happiness, joy and the knowlege the community around you does know and care what you go through and the challenges you face, our project is one way to do this.
Since our first successful fundraiser in 2013, where we asked for £5000 and then ended up with £10,000 we were able provide a scrumptious christmas day meal, a magical day, full of happy memories, a day to remember in Manchester and London.
We have now produced a how to guide for info on how to organize a Christmas Day for Careleavers, which we hope will inspire you to do what we have done.
Find Lemn's How to guide by visiting his blog here
To see previous Christmas dinners and the impact on the guests please visit https://youtu.be/1vOhSpkcYcM
As an added bonus this year you are able to gift aid it when you pledge. This money will go to Pure Insight, a charity in Stockport that provides year round support for young care leavers. So not only will you be investing in the happiness of young people on Christmas Day, if you tick the gift aid box you will be supporting young care leavers through out the year. See http://pure-insight.org.uk
It's life changing, life enhancing and most of all fun by the ton.
This year we need to raise £30000 to provide the same level of magic for Care leavers at a secret location in Manchester, Leeds and Hackney and to support the possibility of other events around the UK.How can we make this happen? With your help! no matter whether you pledge money or support or even just share the link to this page, this will all help, let's do this!
Our aim is to source food, venue, Christmas presents, and volunteers and Hosts and most of all the most memorable day ever.Are you are part of a company who prefer to provide decorations or amazing gifts for our guests?Maybe you would like to volunteer? If so please get in touch as soon as possible.Our target for the day is £30000
If everyone chips in and backs this project you will truly have made a real and long lasting difference in to the lives of care leavers and to your community.
To enquire about how to invite a guest, volunteer, donate gifts or media enquiries please contact
for Manchester email firstname.lastname@example.org For Manchester Christmas Dinner
For Hackney visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/396783203852321/ For the Hackney Christmas Dinner
email email@example.com for the Leeds Christmas Dinner
When pledging please remember to gift aid your pledge all gift aid money will go to Pure Insight. A charity that works year round to support young careleavers
Thank you !
People coordinating this year are
Lemn Sissay Poet
Rod Kippen Children's Rights Campaigner
Ian Dickson social worker care leaver
Sarah Sturmey Pure Insight
Simon Ruding Director TIPP
Melissa Webster Station Manager Key 103
Louise Wallwein Poet Playwright
joanne Oakes Health Worker
Kate O'Sullivan Health Worker
Emma Thackray charity Manager
Sam Calland student social worker
Alison Allcott University of Manchester
Sarah Helsby University of Manchester
Deej Lashley-Johnson BME officer University of Manchester
Jennifer Houghton Social Work Manager
Laura Kelly Associate Lecturer
Emma Lewis Widening Participation Officer University of Manchester
The London Team
Tonia Murphy, (producer / referrals) Service Manager SHP
Rosie Canning, (volunteers) PhD Doctoral Researcher, University of Southampton
Giovanna Forte, (fundraising and gifts) Founding Director & CEO, Forte Medical Ltd
Florence Dolle, (Chef) director, event organiser and chef at FD Events London,
Harriet Clompus, (Referrals) Paediatric Doctor
Lisa Murphy (Referrals) Teacher Hackney Learning Trust
Sophie Howarth (Gifts) Founder, Department Store for the Mind
Jessie Krish (Gifts) Department store for the mind
Allesandra Mcallister (Decorations / venue) Literacy Support Assistant at the Boxing Academy
Josh Babarinde (Volunteers) Founder, Cracked It
Katie Slee (Venue co-ordinator) Service Designer, Settle
Rich Graham (Volunteers) CEO Settle
Alison Kakande (Referrals) Virtual School