The winners of the ‘Bring JOY this holiday season’ competition are…

Posted on the 2nd December 2016

This November, we asked communities across England to send us their ideas with what they would do with £1,000 at Christmas to spread the joy of togetherness and community spirit. It’s a time of year that can often by the loneliest for those who are without any companionship.

For the last few weeks, entries from community groups, local businesses, social enterprises, neighbourhood planning groups and more flooded in- ideas for communities to come together to throw amazing Christmas parties, light up their streets, deliver presents to isolated residents and many more.

It was a tough call to narrow the entries down to a top three – fortunately, we have a great team at Locality who read through each and every entry, it was amazing to read through all your exciting ideas.

A huge thank you to the over 90 groups who entered!

We’re now extremely pleased to announce the winners of the ‘Bring JOY this holiday season competition’ competition:

Overall winner: The CHAOS (Community Helping All Of Society) Group

The CHAOS Group have won our first place prize of £1,000 to make their idea to throw a winter celebration at their Community Care Farm in Veryan, Cornwall a reality. The winnings will help the group make this festive event extra special, bringing together excluded groups, members of the community and those who may be alone this Christmas.

Every day the group encourages people – young and old – to get the skills they need for a better future. This magical and interactive celebration will bring together those people – celebrating every member of the communities differences, helping to change attitudes. The day will include crafts, a local choir, roasting chestnuts and marshmallows around a fire pit, a visit to Mrs Claus and some real-life reindeer.

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Runner-up: Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum

Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum were chosen as one of our runners up because of their wonderful idea to create UppWatch, an enhanced form of good neighbour scheme to offer companionship and support over Christmas and all year round.

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Runner-up: South Beach Beacons

South Beach Beacons were chosen as one of our runners up because of their great idea to throw a festive party for the South Beach residents which has lost its sense of community and hope for the future of the area.

The party would bring together local people with gifts, community carolling, a tour of the area together and warm mince pies.

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