GMYN’s Christmas Campaign: Making sure care leavers are not alone this Christmas

December 11th, 2023

Christmas can be tough for cared-for young people with many experiencing social isolation, poor mental health and precarious living situations.

Throughout the Christmas period, GMYN will commit to creating a safe and supportive environment for care leavers. Our approach involves a range of engaging group activities and provision of a nurturing network designed to boost emotional wellbeing. By fostering a sense of belonging, GMYN aims to transform what can be a difficult time into a season of safety, joy and friendship.

We’ll be hosting multiple social events and Christmas parties including a festive Christmas Day dinner for care leavers complete with gifts, decorations and other goodies. Earlier this week, Euan Davies, who leads our programmes for cared-for young people, was a guest on BBC Radio Manchester to promote our Christmas Day dinner. Here’s what he said:

Listen to Euan’s interview here (starts at 2:36:00).

To make these initiatives possible, we’ve launched our Cared-for at Christmas appeal with a fundraising target of £10,000. This will help us meet the total cost of £30,000 to provide vital ongoing support to 80 care experienced young people this December. We’ve done this with the help of the incredible team at WDC Creative who have volunteered their support by creating a suite of visual assets and by helping us to promote the appeal.

“It’s such a worthy charity benefitting vulnerable young people on our doorstep. We’re happy to donate our time and efforts in whatever way we can” – Helen West, WDC Director

Read about WDC Creative’s efforts in their own words by clicking here.

If you’d like to find out more about how to get involved in our Cared-for at Christmas campaign, please visit our Just Giving page. Your support will help turn loneliness to laughter this festive season.

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