People we support in Gloucester who are on the reach Gloucester Forum started working on their Christmas Carol service several months ago. They wanted to do something not just for themselves and their families but also for the community. They wanted to bring everyone together and start building and developing relationships outside of their homes and invite the community to become a part of their lives.

The work started with posters and invites being designed by them and with the help of the Local PCO, these were distributed around the village in pubs, shops, businesses and posted through peoples’ doors. Friends and families of the people we support were also invited and got behind the event by spreading the word. Everyone was asked to bring a plate of food for the buffet and for those keen bakers out there, we encouraged them to bring cakes, mince pies and other delicious goodies.

So the big day arrived on Sunday 18th December and the group were extremely nervous as we were unsure how many people would arrive. Before we knew it, the community hall was full of friends, family,  people we support and people from the local community. The local fire station also came along to support us and join in with the festivities. The afternoon started with everyone joining in with singing some Christmas Carols and we were accompanied on the piano by a young lady we support.  So as the sound of “Silent Night”, “White Christmas” and “We wish you a Merry Christmas” filled the room it was clear the Gloucester Forum had pulled off a fantastic event. Once the singing was over, everyone tucked into a delicious buffet and spent the afternoon chatting, laughing and enjoying each other’s company.

Claire who makes handmade Christmas cards, was keen to raise some money for charity at the event.  With the sale of her cards, she raised over £100.00 for Breast Cancer Awareness.

So a successful and fun filled day was had by all.  Friendships were made, barriers were broken down and the pride amongst the Gloucester Forum filled the room.  Congratulations to Claire, Mark, Karen, Phil, Amber and Sandra for organising and running such a fantastic event!

Article created: 15th December 2016