Festive Friends began in 2017, as our attempt to help connect older, more isolated members of our community together and reduce feelings of loneliness. The event provides 100 older people with a 3 course, sit-down Christmas dinner, entertainment, gifts and accessible transport to and from their homes. We are often joined by Avon Fire & Rescue, the Police and the Lord Mayor of Bristol.
When the pandemic hit, we knew that this type of event was never more needed. So Festive Friends evolved and took to the streets of Bristol. With a fantastic team of volunteers and a whole lot of hard work. The team delivered over 100 meals to older individuals in Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill to brighten their 2020 Christmas.
The doorstep chats and delicious food were such a hit, Springtime Festive Friends was born. In April 2021 over 100 meals, were delivered with a side of company to many isolated individuals in the local area.
Festive Friends has evolved even further, and we proudly held Summer Festive Friends on 27 August at the Community Centre.
Once again we reunited the most isolated older people in December 2021. They were entertained by Golden Oldies Charity singalong and the Lord Mayor of Bristol.
“It was amazing. The food was fine. The hot Christmas drink was wonderful. All your helpers were so good and kind. We were given Christmas cards from children that brought tears to my eyes. I can only tell people what a wonderful organisation St Werburghs CC is. All are welcome. Thank you again. I so enjoyed myself. I hope you all have a wonderful 2022” Mary Wood, Festive Friends Dec 2021 attendee.
Festive Friends was supported by the John James Bristol Foundation, the Anchor Society, Nisa Local and the wonderful Heather Murray and her team at Beesting Digital.
If you know someone who might like to be a guest, or you would like to volunteer, email us on email@example.com.