Christmas cheer in the new year!

Christmas cheer in the new year!

Local community organisations and businesses came together to host a belated Christmas celebration for older people at Watford Community Housing Trust’s Leavesden Green hub. The event helped to spread some extra festive cheer to the guests, some of whom are vulnerable or didn’t have anyone to spend Christmas day with, while others simply enjoyed the opportunity to socialise with other older people from the area.

More than 50 people from the community attended and enjoyed a traditional Christmas lunch prepared by residents from Northcotts sheltered scheme.

Representatives from Hillside Residents’ Association, which organised the event, shared their thoughts on the day: “All too often we see and hear about older people being left alone during Christmas, and we wanted to give them a chance to be around people of a similar age, and to give them something to look forward to. We applied to Watford Community Housing Trust for a grant in order to make today happen and they were good enough to give it to us. We’ve also had a lot of help from other people and would like to thank them all for making this possible.”

Vanessa Wright, Service Manager of Watford & Three Rivers’ ‘Getting Together’ scheme, who were responsible for providing transport to and from the venue, added: “The Christmas meal put on by Hillside Residents’ Association was a pleasure to attend. The team did a phenomenal job providing a Christmas experience for those who may not have been so fortunate over the festive period. We can’t wait to work with Watford Community Housing Trust and Hillside Residents’ Association in the future.”

After lunch was served, the attendees were paid a visit by Father Christmas, who was there to hand out presents generously provided by Small Acts of Kindness – a charitable social enterprise which sources and distributes gifts all across Hertfordshire.

Everyone who came along was also given a raffle ticket upon arrival, with a number of prizes up for grabs and more than one person going home with an extra something to brighten up their day.

Other organisations that made this wonderful event possible were:

  • The Northcotts crew, who generously donated their time to help out on the day
  • Mel at Over the Moon, who provided table centres
  • Gibson’s Butchers, who provided chicken, bacon and sausages
  • Budgens of Abbots Langley
  • Aylesbury Fishery from New Watford Market