Painting reproduced by kind permission of Alan Hayden www.alanhayden.com
CHRISTCHURCH SOUP EVENT.
May I start by wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
2018 was a really significant year for us at the CCP and we are excited at the opportunities available to us in 2019 with all that lies ahead.
We are very pleased to be holding a second Christchurch Soup Event on 29th March 2019
at Mudeford Wood Community Centre from 6.00 pm
and are looking for five local projects we can showcase for that.
If you have or know of one please do make contact
firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date is 1st March.
If you are looking to attend please sign up on Eventbrite using the link below.
CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH AT THE SOMERFORD ARC.
A wonderful time was had by all at the Christmas Day Community Lunch hosted by the Christchurch Community Partnership and held at Somerford ARC this year! Organiser and CCP Chair, Rev Sandra Prudom gave thanks to all those who gave up their Christmas day to serve those who would otherwise have spent Christmas on their own, as well as some of our homeless folk in Christchurch. “We had our largest ever number of volunteers, and sadly still had to turn many away this year” she said.
The catering team provided 75 traditional Christmas dinners, including the volunteer table hosts, and this was followed by some carol singing, presents and games before guests were dropped home in time for an afternoon nap (although too late for the Queens speech!).
“We are immensely grateful to all who helped, and to Christchurch Round Table and Lions as well as Waitrose’ Community Fund who provided the funding which enabled us to provide the whole event free to our guests, and of course to Somerford ARC for the excellent venue.
It was wonderful to hear some of the stories from folk who attended and the difference it made to them being able to spend the day with other people rather than being on their own. We know that loneliness and social isolation is such a big issue in society these days, right across the age spectrum, and all of our CCP services, from Dial a Bus to Christchurch Angels, seek to address this - by bringing folk together in different ways. The Christmas Day lunch is such an important part of that, as is the work we do year round with other organisations and agencies in our community such as Somerford ARC, and many others”.
Social isolation was also identified as the most significant issue raised at the recent Christchurch Conversation and the New Year will see some action groups representing different sectors of the community looking at collaborative ways of addressing this, and some of the other major issues raised.
We are excited to publish the report on the recent Christchurch Conversation and hope that you will find it both informative and stimulating! Please click on the button below to read or download it and let us have your comments and suggestion at email@example.com.
As we said on the day - this is just the beginning of a conversation that will hopefully engage all sections of our community and address the issues that matter to us!
Please click Conversation and Soup to see photos and the full press release
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