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Don’t spend this Christmas alone

Written by on 5 December 2017

Companionship at Christmas in Swale (CAC)

Christmas can feel like a very lonely time of the year for some people. But thanks to “Companionship at Christmas”, it doesn’t have to be that way for Swale residents.

Now in its 26th Year, the programme is organised by Swale CVS and is completely free for anyone taking part. Transport brings guests to Phoenix House in Sittingbourne, where guests can enjoy a Christmas Dinner, entertainment and most importantly, company.

Our guests, who are usually lonely, elderly, possibly housebound and do not have family nearby, and Christmas can be a time where they feel most vulnerable and lonely.

Guests can come along on Christmas Day & Boxing Day (or both). Places are limited, however, so advance booking is essential.

To book call Julia or Zoe at Swale CVS on 01795 473828. Alternatively, you can e-mail:

Companionship at Christmas is run by a dedicated team of volunteers who work hard to make sure all the guests have an enjoyable time. New volunteers are always welcome, so get in touch with the team, using the details above, if you can spare a few hours this Christmas.

CAC Facts:

81 –  guests enjoyed a hot meal on Christmas Day & Boxing Day of 2012 courtesy of CAC

34 – People volunteered over the Christmas period last year

960 –  Hours were spent supporting elderly &  the vulnerable over Christmas

260 –  The number of wrapped gifts that were distributed to those alone last Christmas  

“On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love said to me – we need more cooks at Swale CAC”