Loretto Care’s Fordneuk Service season of festive fun

fordneukThe Fordneuk Service provides supported accommodation for up to 42 people who are homeless, have a history of alcohol misuse and who have previously been unable or unwilling to engage in structured support.

The service supports people to develop their skills and work towards achieving positive outcomes with the aim of moving onto further suitable accommodation.  

Trying to make the Christmas period enjoyable and meaningful to the people who live at the service meant preparations for Christmas started early this year with an activity timetable in place from November right through to New Year’s day.

Staff organised a Christmas fayre which took place on 11 December and the people who live at the service made Christmas cards and decorations. A professional artist also worked with service users to make items to sell at the fayre.

The Christmas fayre was a huge success with over £315 raised for Cash for Kids. There were lots of stalls selling home baking, CD’s, books, DVD’s and of course all the handmade items that had been made within the service. A tombola stall and raffle along with party games and live music ensured staff and people who live here all had a great time while helping a worthy cause.

The management team were busy little elves and covered all front line duties during the fayre to allow staff and people they work for to enjoy the day and continue the good work they do in building positive relationships and widening social networks.

Rachel Mackay, Deputy Service Manager said: 

“The service hasn’t stopped there! We are continuing to spread Christmas cheer with an action packed “12 Days of Christmas activity timetable” kicking off from 20 December. Each day is planned to have a Christmas themed activity including festive cake decorating, a Christmas quiz, guess that Christmas song and many more.”

“So far feedback from the people we support has been really positive. Here are some of the comments from the people we work for about the activities, the fayre and the forthcoming 12 days of Christmas timetable.”

“Thought the Christmas fayre was great”

“Was good to help people who are in need as I have needed help before”

“Enjoyed making Christmas cards and will give them to family”

“It’s good having something to do rather than sitting drinking. I enjoyed the company and am looking forward to the other activities that are coming up”

The service will carry this enthusiasm into the New Year and they plan to have many more events taking place in the service.

Merry Christmas from everyone at Loretto Care’s Fordneuk Service!

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