Volunteering For Our Christmas Day Lunch
Fri 28 Nov 4PM
‘A million older people in the UK haven't spoken to anyone for a month.’ Age UK
It’s that time of year again - where we call on you to help us host our special Christmas Day Lunch for older or disabled people, who would otherwise be completely alone on Christmas Day.
At Jacksons Lane we aim to provide a delicious three-course home cooked Christmas lunch, entertainment, presents to unwrap, afternoon tea and lots of festive cheer.
The Christmas Day Lunch has been running for nearly 40 years and has been getting bigger and better each year. Paul and Jan Brooker do an incredible job at organising the whole event which provides for over 150 older and disabled people who are at risk of isolation.
Stuart Cox, our Participation Manager, runs a regular ‘Social Lunch’ once a month at Jacksons Lane and explains why events like these are so important,
‘The people that attend are either unable to travel to see their family or friends, or no longer have anyone to go to. Paul and Jan and the lovely volunteers make what could be a very lonely and sad day into a wonderful event filled with joy, music, warmth and laughter. It makes a huge difference to everyone’s lives.’
The day is completely volunteer led, which is where you come in. On Christmas Day itself, we need drivers, “carers” to look after the guests, cooks and entertainers, as well as general helpers to decorate, serve the food, wash up and clear everything away at the end. Volunteers will be allocated tasks as far in advance as possible.
If you, like us, think that no one should be alone this Christmas then please take a look at the Christmas Lunch Volunteers section on our website here to see how you can help.