The Big Christmas Dinner Celebration

This Christmas we are working in partnership with Third Sector Leaders Kirklees to find residents who want to provide care leavers aged 18-25 with a Christmas to remember; filled with joy and laughter for all. This day of joy is celebrated worldwide but sometimes some people miss out and we need to ensure that no one goes without a laugh and a delicious meal.

Care leavers are young people who have been in care but are now being supported by their local authorities, giving them the best start in life. Young care leavers have often faced difficult circumstances and like all young people have fears about their future, The Christmas Dinner; organised by Third Sector Leaders, is a chance for them to forget their worries and have fun!

Not everyone has the privilege of having a great feast with loved ones, so this Christmas let’s come together as people from all walks of life to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, for those who would otherwise be alone.

What is ‘The Christmas Dinner’?

Founded in Manchester, the idea of Northern hospitality is well and truly alive through this event. Christmas Dinners that happen all over the UK, all with the same aim, offer life changing, life-saving and joyous memories for all those involved. Every town and city that hosts The Christmas Dinner will have its own local flavour so no experience is the same, but all will be well and truly memorable.

The founder Lemn Sissay says:  “Many care leavers are sat in flats, B&B’s and hostels, away from family, or sofa-surfing and some are indeed living on the streets on their own at Christmas.

Christmas is a reminder of everything they never had…I know because I’ve shared the same experiences…but since 2013, thanks to the work, effort and donations of many generous people, we have hosted a scrumptious Christmas meal and created magical days to remember, at secret locations all over the UK! ‘The Christmas Dinner’ is a life changing experience and live-saving experience”

What do volunteers get up to?

Volunteers can have 2 roles; Helper or Host:

  • Hosts play a pivotal role on the big day, they ensure that the joy is high and the laughter is loud, making sure people are comfortable and that everyone gets involved.
  • Helpers have a major role in setting up the venue on Christmas Eve ready for the big day of festivities. They will hang decorations, dress trees, prepare vegetables, wrap presents, and many more little jobs along the way. The ideal helper will be an out-going, generous person who will be willing to get stuck in and make the event as good as possible, and obviously, sing a Christmas carol or two!

We are mainly asking for volunteers on December 25th, we understand that most of you will be busy but if you can spare any time at all; or even better the whole day, come and join use and let’s celebrate Christmas together.

If you don’t have the time to spare on Christmas day but would like to get involved in other ways, there are many things you can do to help the cause, from assisting the clean-up on Boxing Day to donating gift wrap, see how you can make a difference here the website

If you’re thinking about getting involved as a volunteer fill in the registration form below, send any queries and your completed registration from to


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