Christmas Shop for Elderly

by aylesbury-youth-action in Aylesbury

We did it
On 17th November 2014 we successfully raised £2,045 with 33 supporters in 28 days

Taking older people out for an evening of Christmas shopping; to buy gifts, see the festive lights and enjoy a cup of tea and cake.

by aylesbury-youth-action in Aylesbury

For the last 20 or so years Aylesbury Youth Action has been taking local elderly, isolated and housebound people out into Aylesbury Town for a Christmas shopping experience that is totally unique to Aylesbury!  Transport needs are taken care of, wheelchair or walking aid hire is arranged for free with our partners Shopmobility at Aylesbury Vale District Council, and trained and supportive young volunteers are provided to accompany the shoppers around the town as they buy gifts for their friends and family, see the Christmas lights, and enjoy a cup of tea and cake with friends new and old (usually those who they met on the previous year's trip).  For some of our shoppers it is the only time they come into Aylesbury, and for others a trip with us can be their only chance to see the Christmas lights.  For all of them, it offers a unique opportunity to spend the evening with kind and caring teenagers from their community, and enjoy time with other people of all ages.

The entire event costs us £2000 to run, which provides the unique shopping experience for 20-30 shoppers, supported by about 50 young volunteers.  The costs include staffing on the event as well as volunteer training and behind the scenes preparations such as identifying a shopper's needs and arranging appropriate transport, as well as paying for their transport (including that of a carer where required), providing free refreshments for our volunteers and discounted refreshments for our shoppers, and organising a free 'raffle' where all our guests win a prize (but they never seem to notice!).

Please support us, and help us make this event possible for another year!




This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£2 or more

10 of 60 claimed

£2 Reward

Volunteers should never be out of pocket for volunteering! Your donation will meet expenses for one young volunteer on the evening. Your reward is knowing you've helped make the project happen.

£5 or more

12 of 30 claimed

£5 Reward

Your donation will pay for a prize in our free 'raffle' to end the evening - a special gift for one elderly shopper to keep or gift to someone else. Your reward - a "thank you" Christmas card with a photo of the recipient (where possible) with their prize.

£20 or more

13 of 30 claimed

£20 Reward

Your donation will cover transport costs for an elderly shopper and a carer (where required) to and from the event. Your reward - a "thank you" Christmas card from us and a selection of promotional "goodies" (e.g. pen, badge, stickers, wristband)

£50 or more

2 of 30 claimed

£50 Reward

Your donation gets us a huge way to enabling one elderly person's trip - establishing contact, identifying their needs, arranging appropriate transport, and providing training for their volunteer helpers. Your reward - a "thank you" Christmas card and a surprise Christmas gift!

£200 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£200 Reward

Your donation covers ALL the costs for 2 or 3 elderly people to come on this trip! Your reward - a "thank you" Christmas card, a surprise Christmas gift and your name (individual or company) on our website and Annual Report for all to see! (Annual Report published Oct 2015)

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£500 Reward

Organising a fun day? The AYA team will come to your family fun day event, bringing their bouncy castle, face painting, and a selection of fun team games, at no cost! Arrange your free booking with the office staff. Limited to Buckinghamshire.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£500 Reward

Organising a corporate team day? The AYA team will come to you and lead a series of team-building activities to stretch and strengthen you as a team. Talk to the office team to discuss specifics. Limited to Buckinghamshire.

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