The Roberts Centre set in the heart of Portsmouth works to improve the lives of children and families and one way that we as older residents can help is to help to make Christmas easier for families with little by way of money or other support.
Check out this article by Annie Lewis from The News, Portsmouth about the Family Friends Project. Aren’t people wonderful!
In its most recent newsletter the Roberts Centre gave information about the project “Family Friends” designed to do just that.
Family Friends was the idea of a supporter who said; ‘Having little money to live on means always worrying about how to make it last. Imagine how hard it will feel when you have children and Christmas is coming up. Seeing all the shops full of things you can’t afford must make you feel an outsider.” We asked the Roberts Centre to suggest a family and we were given basic details (first names and ages of children and their likes). We then bought them Christmas presents, and of course new pajamas as well as Christmas food for the whole family’. Using Nectar Points Tesco Vouchers or BOGOF means it needn’t cost a fortune but we’re sure that having a short break from money worries will always be appreciated and put some smiles on faces . There is no specific amount expected just that it’s a person specific gift from ‘Father Christmas’ to the family.
Is this something you or someone you know might like to do next Christmas, if it is then please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and she will add you to our Family Friends.
What happens next… In September Carole Damper will send you details of the age and gender of the children and the number of adults in the household. She will also provide you with brief information about the family. In the 3rd week of December a representative from the Roberts Centre will come and pick up your gifts by arrangement and deliver them to the family in time for Christmas.