The Christmas Dinner

by louwall in Manchester, Manchester

We did it
On 6th December 2013 we successfully raised £9,500 with 220 supporters in 35 days

TheChristmas Dinner is a pop up organisation founded by the poet Lemn Sissay, we are a group of 12 professionals who between us have over a hundred years experience of working with young people. Our aim is to provide a Christmas Day Dinner for care leavers aged between 16 and 25 on Christmas Day. Many care leavers are sat in flats, B&B’s, hostels, away from family or are sofa surfing and indeed living on the streets on their own at Christmas. Christmas is a reminder of everything they never had. It's often a dreaded day. Not now. We will put on a scrumptious Christmas meal and create a magical day to remember at a secret location in Manchester.

by louwall in Manchester, Manchester

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TheChristmas Dinner is a pop up organisation founded by the poet Lemn Sissay MBE, we are a group of 12 professionals who between us have over a hundred years experience of working with young people. Our aim is to provide a Christmas Day Dinner for care leavers aged between 18 and 25 on Christmas Day. Many care leavers are sat in flats, B&B’s, hostels, away from family or are sofa surfing and indeed living on the streets on their own at Christmas. Christmas is a reminder of everything they never had. It's often a dreaded day. Not now. We will put on a scrumptious Christmas meal and create a magical day to remember at a secret location in Manchester. This year in Manchester we will provide dinner for 40 18-25 year olds. Can you help us?

TheChristmas Dinner is a life changing life saving experience. It is a time of warmth and happiness. A time to have a good laugh. Thank you. The Christmas Dinner team believes the whole country should create an event like this for care leavers. Though the idea was hatched last year The Christmas Dinner team came together only a few months ago with the sole aim of making this happen. We are motivated by the need to bring about change in how we as a community can assist young care leavers. Christmas is a time for family and in the absence of family these care leavers should be able to rely on us. With your help this Christmas they can.

We have received kind pledges of gifts and money from individuals and companies.  We have raised awareness of the care leaver and the challenges we face as adults in our society, you the public have responded, we are incredibly touched and grateful for your support and generosity.  We set out to raise enough funds for dinner this year, and what is so overwhelmingly wonderful is that we now have the opportunity to think about what we can do in 2014.  Yes do this again next year but hopefully run some food based projects with young care leavers in the mean time.  Another legacy will be to produce a DIY guide to support others around the country who would like to host a Christmas dinner in their area.

THANK YOU

For all enquiries  contact: thechristmasdinner2013@gmail.com

#TCD2013

Who TheChristmas dinner steering group are:

Lemn Sissay – Broadcaster and Author

Ian Dickson - Care leaver, advocate & retired social worker

Louise Wallwein Poet Playwright Care leaver

Delseriene Wall – Experienced Social Worker

Sarah Sturmey. Founder of Pure In-Sight 

Mary Campbell-Wharam, Research & Development Pure In-Sight

Rod Kippen Children’s rights officer. Artist.

Maxine Wrigley – A National Voice

Simon Rudin – Theatre in Prisons and Probation

Thank you to Pure In-Sight for assisting us with this project. Pure In-Sight is a charity working with and for care leavers to design and develop high impact projects 356 days a year. All their energy is focused on reducing isolation and loneliness. Providing opportunities to increase confidence, emotional resilience and talent.http://pure-insight.org.uk

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A £10 pledge rewards you with a thank you email from all of us at The Christmas Dinner

£25 or more

£25 Reward

A £25 pledge rewards you with a thank you email from all of us at The Christmas Dinner and a twitter big up from Lemn Sissay

£35 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£35 Reward

We have released more of these due to popular demand £35 rewards you with a set of two tickets to Benjamin Zephaniah's Refugee Boy a theatre show on tour in 2014

£35 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£35 Reward

£35 rewards you with a set of two tickets to Benjamin Zephaniah's Refugee Boy a theatre show on tour in 2014.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A £50 pledge rewards you with a mention on the crowdfunder page, a twitter big up from Lemn and a Happy New year card from all who attend the The Christmas dinner

£200 or more

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£200 Reward

A Pledge £200 or more rewards you with 2 VIP tickets to Parklife 2014 http://www.parklife.uk.com This reward includes access to the VIP areas One of the best festivals on earth, right in our beloved Manchester. This festival signals the start of summer round here and we love it. AVE IT our kid! Thank you Ground Control for this reward

£290 or more

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£290 Reward

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£300 or more

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£300 Reward

A £300 pledge rewards you with a Full 2014 Season pass from The Warehouse Project http://www.thewarehouseproject.com

£300 or more

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£300 Reward

A £300 pledge or more rewards you with 2 VIP tickets to Kendal Calling: http://www.kendalcalling.co.uk/ Kendal Calling is an award-winning, innovative, independent festival based in the Lake District. It features pioneering contemporary music and art alongside traditional rural entertainment. We pride ourselves on being the most fun you can have in the countryside with fields full of activities and attractions for everyone. This reward includes standard camping and access to the VIP areas Big Thank you Ground Control for this reward

£360 or more

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£360 Reward

A £360 pledge rewards you with 2 x VIP Hideout tickets Hideout Festival, Croatia: http://www.hideoutfestival.com/ Hideout Festival has become the staple choice for electronic music lovers worldwide. Set in a picturesque beachside location & surrounded by a mountainous backdrop. Revelers return, year after year, for their electronic festival experience. Travel and accommodation NOT included

£380 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£380 Reward

A £380 pledge or more rewards you with 2 VIP tickets to Festival No 6: http://www.festivalnumber6.com/ A festival like no other in a place like no other; an award winning celebration of the finest in music, arts and spoken word culture set to the backdrop of the magical village of Portmeirion. This includes standard camping and access to the VIP areas Thank you Ground Control for this reward

£1,000 or more

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£1,000 Reward

£1000 or more will reward you with a specially commissioned poem written by Lemn Sissay. This can be about a person in your life or a person you admire. This reward will never be on offer again and is a reflection of how important this event is to Lemn. It is your chance to achieve immortality in the form of a poem.

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