Thinking of you at Christmas 2016


Thinking of you at Christmas 2015

We have received an incredible amount of support from the local community this year (2015) so we are running two ‘Thinking of you at Christmas’ campaigns!

We feel truly blessed to be able to work collaboratively with partners from all sectors and Churches who share the same motivation to help older people who are alone at Christmas to feel remembered and included within the community so a big THANK YOU from all of us at Time to Talk Befriending for your valued contribution to the campaign.

In our opinion the personalised handmade cards made by local children and young people from Kings Primary School in Hove, Brunswick Primary School Hove, Blatchington Mill, Brighton Vineyard Church and Hove Park School will be the most special part of this year’s ‘Thinking of you at Christmas’ campaign. We are also pleased to have the chance to raise awareness with the younger generation about the impact of loneliness and isolation felt by our elders at what can be an emotive time of year.

Our scheme members will be beneficiaries of special Christmas hamper thanks to the contribution of local Churches. The hampers were instigated by the Brighton Vineyard Church in 2014 amd were such a success that other churches; Centre Church Brighton, Holland Road Baptist Church and the Good News Evangelical Mission, have also contributed this year as the numbers of people we help have grown significantly over the past year!  

In addition we are working with a strong network of partners including Sussex Police, Neighbourhood Watch, Local Counsellor, Residents and Tenants Association, CareLink Plus, the Older People’s Council, Age UK Brighton and Hove, Waitrose Hove at the St Vincent de Paul Society to undertake a targeted ‘Thinking of You at Christmas’ campaign in the Woodingdean are of Brighton and Hove.

Working in partnership with a strong network of agencies, Churches, Multi-Faith Groups, Charities and Local Authorities we have mapped out where older people who might be alone at Christmas are living in the Woodingdean area of Brighton and Hove.

Working together we have promoted the ‘Thinking of you at Christmas’ campaign through local news, networks and social media.

On the 22nd December 2015 we will undertake door to door outreach in a safe and structured way through the ‘Thinking of you at Christmas’ campaign delivering individual hampers to older people identified in the mapping process.

The aim of the outreach in Woodingdean is to connect with older people identified through the inter-agency mapping process. We would like people to know that they are being thought about during the festive season and would like to invite them to benefit from the Older People’s Community Befrienders project we are running throughout 2016.

Please view the attached ‘Older People’s Community Befrienders’ proposal for further information.

2015 Thinking of you at Christmas Outcomes

Thanks to the amazing support of local Churches who paid for the hampers, Waitrose Hove for their time and contributions and secondary and primary schools in the Hove area who designed the personalised cards, we delivered over 170 hampers to people at Christmas who might otherwise have spent the day alone. It is genuinely an honour and a privilege to undertake this Christmas outreach activity and we hope that each and every person who received the hamper felt remembered and not forgotten.

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Thinking of You at Christmas 2014

Time to Talk Befriending christmas logoWe understand that Christmas for many people can be emotive - a time of reflection when feelings of loneliness come to the fore. Thousands of older people in the UK spend Christmas day alone so we wanted to provide something special to our scheme members who were on their own this Christmas. We wanted them to know that they were being thought about - not only by the team at Time to Talk Befriending and the local chef Wendy Maas - but by the Volunteers who helped to deliver freshly made dinners on Christmas Eve and the Sussex Police who very kindly donated the funds enabling us to provide this free gift.

We firmly believe that all people should be honoured and respected - not forgotten, especially the elders of our community. We therefore hope that this small gesture at Christmas blessed the beneficiaries of our campaign greatly.