2020 has been difficult for us all. Having something to look forward to and not feeling alone this Christmas has never been more important.
For many of our customers, they have no one else in their lives. Often we are their only support, while others lack the means to provide their children with the happy Christmas that they deserve.
So this year, we are asking for your help to spread hope and joy to those that we support by becoming a Look Ahead Secret Santa!
Every pound received will be used for food, gifts and festivities for some of the most vulnerable individuals, families and children across our communities. Every donation helps, but here is an idea of what your donation will actually achieve:
£10 – Will pay for a Christmas dinner at one of our services
£25 – Will provide parents who live in our services with a voucher to help them buy a Christmas gift for their children
£250 – Will provide ten children with a Christmas present
£500 – Will fund Christmas meals and festivities at our services, giving our residents a Christmas to remember!
If you’re struggling with ideas for the office secret Santa this year, or not buying a new outfit for the Christmas do, why not become a Look Ahead Secret Santa instead?
Many of the young families at our refuge services have had to leave all of their possessions behind. Sometimes, we even have children who have never had a Christmas before. Being able to bring them as traditional a Christmas as possible is so important. Seeing the joy on their faces when they realise there are presents for them is amazing.
Look Ahead provides care, support and accommodation to people across London and the South East. Throughout the year, we’ve continued our support for over 7,000 vulnerable people with a wide range of needs, including:
We work with young people, care leavers and families who for many different reasons may need extra support. They might have had problems at home, come directly from care or be escaping abuse, violence or exploitation.
Whatever their background, we know that with the right support, they can go on to achieve great things.Learn more here
Mental ill health affects one in four people at some stage in their lives, and people’s experiences vary greatly.
We design and deliver recovery-focused and person-centred services with our health partners. We support individuals to live in the community and keep moving forwards on their recovery journey.
We know that individuals with all kinds of mental health needs can and do recover – this belief is crucial to how we support people.Learn more here
We deliver services to some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised people in our communities. Many have multiple and complex needs.
Wherever people may have come from and whatever their history, we work with each person as an individual, supporting them to address their needs, take control and make forwards with their lives.
The festive period is the most difficult time for staff supporting customers. Customers tend to isolate themselves and, in some cases, demonstrate challenging behaviour. Creating a sense of community and a feeling of normality is extremely important. It doesn’t matter who you are, positive memories of the holidays are the ones that stick with you. Donating to this cause will really make a difference to vulnerable people’s lives.
Help us make sure that every Look Ahead service user gets the happy and hopeful Christmas they deserve!
For questions about the campaign or if you are a company wishing to get involved please contact Rebecca Hedges on Rebeccahedges@lookahead.org.uk.
If you would prefer to donate by bank transfer or cheque please contact EvaZeeb@lookahead.org.uk.