The Christmas Dinner 2016: We crowdfund goodwill.

christmasThe Christmas Dinner is in the Observer today as one of fifty new radical ideas. So here’s where The Christmas Dinners are at:    This year The Christmas Dinner will be in Oxford, London Liverpool Leeds and Manchester. This may change. I hope more people do it. It is easier to say you’ll do it than actually do it.  I define Christmas Dinner as  including presents, taxis to pick up and drop off the young people, professional chef, top class food and waiter service,  holiday food to take home. Games for the day and film showing for the day.   Here’s the How To Guide.  Do it.  You can find out the practical nature of it  by reading these blogs. Below are videos from 2013, 2014 and 2015.

What makes it radical?   We are not an organisation: there is no boss. And yet we are more organised. There are more checks and balances.   Nobody is paid. We are crowdfunders of goodwill.  It is an important element that our community can support the care leaver.  This is central to the idea:  The steering group for each Christmas Dinner is made of people from the area. Each steering group has  over an hundred years experience of working with young people in care.  Also each steering group has up to an hundred years experience of working in creative industries.    In other words “This is not just any old Christmas Dinner.”  Here’s an article I wrote in the guardian.  

2013  Manchester

2014  – Manchester & Hackney

2015 Manchester Hackney & Leeds

14 thoughts on “The Christmas Dinner 2016: We crowdfund goodwill.

  1. Hi

    Hear Lemn at The Connect Theatre he was truly wonderful.

    The PA Network are collecting Secret Santa parcels for the Manchester Christmas dinner – can’t make their event to drop off donated parcels but happy to collect at our firm. Please put me in touch with a Manchester contact so I can arrange logistics.

  2. I am working with care leavers from The Royal Borough of Greenwich and would like some information on the Hackney dinner please?

    Great work and would possibly like to host one next year 🙂

  3. Can I donate? If so, how? I have only just been given this tablet and am a bit nervous with all the jargon. Can I give some money by phone?

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