OUR CHRISTMAS PRESENT APPEAL IS NOW CLOSED.
FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO GET INVOLVED IS AT THE CAMBRIDGE BIKERS SANTA RUN AT TRUMPINGTON PARK & RIDE 11-12 ON SUNDAY 12th DECEMBER – ARRIVE BEFORE 11AM TO SEE THE BIKES!
The key to our Christmas work is helping families early. This means the stress and pressure to provide a ‘perfect’ Christmas for their children is reduced.
We start talking to parents back in October about their situations to evaluate if they need support. This prevents families from panicking and perhaps getting into debt. We have either worked with the families directly or have had them referred by one of our partner schools.
Thanks to the generosity of those who have supported the appeal – our experienced and checked staff will deliver gifts to over 120 families this coming week – before the kids finish school! Gifts are unwrapped and we provide wrapping paper and sellotape so they have the joy of wrapping the items. Most are embarrassed about having to receive help and it gives parents dignity.
Please consider supporting our work through a donation to fund our crucial work over the rest of the year – preventing families from falling into crisis and getting them back on their feet.
Our team of highly skilled and experienced family workers support up to 50 families, intensively, 121 across CB4 at any one time, for on average 6-9 months. We help the family tackle the underlying causes of problems, connect them into their community and build their resilience and independence.
At Christmas time, it’s all too easy for us all to feel pressurised into the commercialisation of Christmas. Guilt can take over, and many families are at risk of being drawn into debt because they want to make Christmas special for their children. We want to avoid that.
Many of the families we work with are on zero-hours contracts, are on reduced hours or have recently been made redundant due to the pandemic. Sadly, even families with two working parents can struggle to make ends meet in Cambridge which remains one of the most divided cities in the UK.
We work with primary schools to bring families in need under our wing. We help families to deal with all sorts of issues that get in the way of children thriving in school. And we help over the long-term. At this time of year we are busy speaking to families we know are struggling, to offer them assistance with a Christmas or two for each of their children.
Ideally, to keep us all COVID-safe, gifts would be ordered online and delivered for our attention to the Allia Future Business Centre, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge, CB4 2HY
Alternatively, you can drop items in here yourself during normal office hours.
Thank you so much!
Here’s a clip of us last year sorting the gifts and talking about why we do what we do.