The Oxford Christmas Dinner team are incredible and they’ve done some amazing work in making a brilliant Christmas Dinner last year. I received this message in September and wish them all well for the future.
We would like to let you know after much consideration, The Oxfordshire Christmas Dinner Steering Group have decided they are unable to commit the time needed to host a Christmas dinner in 2017.
The incredible network of volunteers and academic institutions that devoted their time and money to making the Oxfordshire Christmas Dinner 2016 the incredible event that it was, will continue to be an invaluable resource to draw upon whilst we plan and organise the 2018 Christmas dinner over the next 12 months. Where appropriate, we will also involve the young adults of Oxfordshire to help us shape the Christmas Dinner based on their own vision and needs.
The group feels that the current methodology needs to be reworked and simplified in order to ensure that the wellbeing of the volunteers is given the utmost priority. It was also agreed that by embedding a solid template over the next 12 months with regards to working practice and methodology, we will ensure that the Oxfordshire Christmas dinner is both sustainable and able to be fulfilled by new groups of volunteers.
One final note is that the Oxford Student Hubs have offered to provide the venue for free for a 2017 Christmas Dinner, should an appropriate group of volunteers come forward to host it. If interested, please email Lydia Hodgins.
All from Oxfordshire Christmas Dinner Team.”