Christmas Day parties for
FREE Christmas Day dinner parties are
to be provided for more than 1,000 vulnerable people across Liverpool.
The inaugural:- 'Yummy Scouse Christmas' will see Neva 2 Latte, Liverpool
Homeless Football Club, Voice in the City, the Whitechapel Centre and the City
Council working together to provide a special day for people who would otherwise
have nowhere to go on 25 December 2016.
Using the slogan 'No- one should have no one at Christmas', it aims to
build on successful separate events held previously.
Locations such as Community Centres and Church Halls have been identified, and
people who attend will get a 3 course meal along with entertainment.
than 100 volunteers will be working on the project in the run up to Christmas.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ann O'Byrne, said:- "Most of us are fortunate to
have our family and friends around us on Christmas Day, but for all sorts of
reasons there are a sizeable number of people who aren't as lucky. There is
already lots of good work going on from individual organisations, but it makes
sense to bring them all together under the banner of Yummy Scouse Christmas in
order to help reach as many people as possible and share expertise and
The locations confirmed so far are:-
► The Joseph Lappin Centre, Mill Lane, Old Swan
► St Andrews Church Hall, Clubmoor
► Frontline Church: Lawrence Road, Wavertree, L15 3HA
► The Florrie, Mill Street, Dingle
► Whitechapel Centre, Langsdale Street, L3 8DT
► All Saints Liverpool, Sheil Road, Tuebrook
► Imagine If Trust, 147 Lawrence Road, L15 3HA
► 5 Children's Centre, Conleach Road, Speke, L24 0TW
People wanting to help out or nominate people
to attend should visit the group's Facebook
Businessman Simon Whitter from Neva 2 Latte; who spent time on the streets in
Manchester as a teenager said:- "We're looking at making it a really
special day to remember for those who come along, with food and entertainment
Having been brought up in Manchester, I would like to say that the kindness,
warmth and generosity shown by the people of Liverpool never ceases to amaze me.
I relish the task ahead and love the thought of bringing this wonderful City
even closer together. My aim is that nobody should feel alone this Christmas and
I look forward to seeing this carried out with the help of both the businesses
and people of Liverpool."
David Carter, Chief Executive of the Whitechapel Centre, said:-
"Whitechapel will be open as usual throughout the Christmas and New Year period
for people who are homeless or socially excluded. As well as serving festive
food and providing entertainment, we'll be offering support and advice to help
people remain in their homes or come indoors off the streets during what can be
a very challenging time of the year. Coming together and working in
partnership with other organisations and groups ensures we can provide so much
more this year."
John Finnigan, Chief Executive of Liverpool Homeless Football Club, said:-
"Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time for family's and friends.
Unfortunately there are lots of people in our community who are isolated and
lonely at this time of year. Yummy's Scouse Christmas hope to alleviate loneliness this year, working across
the City we will be providing 1,000 Christmas dinners to the most vulnerable in
If you are alone or know someone who would like to join us for a Christmas
dinner an a good time contact us for your nearest venue - don't eat alone this
Liam Moore from Voice In The City said:- "Voice In The City is privileged
and honoured to come alongside and partner with 'Yummy's Scouse Christmas'. What
better way is there to spend Christmas Day than to serve and love the wonderful
people of this City?"