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involve Christmas Party

by | Dec 15, 2016 |

Bracknell-based companies, including Redwood Technologies, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bracknell Forest Homes and Waitrose were delighted to continue their support of the local community by sponsoring involve’s annual Befrienders Christmas party.

Held at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist in Crowthorne, the event saw over 60 people enjoy sandwiches, mince pies and good company in an effort to address the issue of social isolation, which can become more prevalent over the Christmas period. The event saw local handbell ringers The Crowthorne Chimes perform a medley of classic Christmas songs and share a few humorous readings on the festive season. Staff from involve and volunteers from Redwood Technologies also attended the event and spent time socialising with guests.

involve is a charity that provides central support for a range of voluntary community organisations in Bracknell Forest. The befriending service sets up isolated members of the community with amicable volunteers. Since it was founded in 2009, the scheme has helped over 300 people to connect with their community and make new friends.

The event was the first of two Christmas parties run by involve, with the next event taking place on Tuesday 20th December at the Capitol Building in Bracknell.

Generous donations for the party were received from Redwood Technologies and the Easthampstead Rotary Club, the latter also helped with transporting some of the attendees. Boehringer Ingelheim’s staff donated many of the gifts for those that attended, Bracknell Forest Homes provided raffle presents and Waitrose, once again, kindly donated the food and drinks for the party.

Martin Taylor, CMO of Redwood Technologies, commented:

“It’s always fantastic to see the great work that involve is carrying out in our local area. We’re pleased to see our donation go to an event that brings such joy to so many people’s lives over the festive period. I know a lot of local people look forward to involve’s Christmas events and, in this technological age, it’s more important than ever to remember the value of spending quality time with others.”

Philip Cook, General Manager at involve said:

“Christmas can be a lonely time for many people. This is a hugely popular event and it is great for us to be able to provide people from the Befriending project a Christmas party every year. We couldn’t do this without the help of so many local organisations so my thanks goes to all of that have made this happen. involve has 100 volunteers currently visiting 100 socially isolated members of our local community every week. We are always looking for support to grow this scheme as we sadly have a waiting list too. If anyone would like more information about the project or would like to contribute to it in anyway, then please get in touch.”

If you are looking to take part in the befriending scheme, whether as a volunteer or befriendee, see our befriending page, call 0134 04404 or email us.