Ellesmere Port Christmas Dinner

In 2018 we hosted the first ever Ellesmere Port Christmas Dinner — opening the doors of Whitby Hall on Christmas Day to create a magical day for 30 local care leavers, including a brilliant Christmas meal, gifts and loads of fun.

The project was pioneered by the Lemn Sissay foundation, now known as The Gold From The Stone Foundation, and is made possible thanks to extremely generous people who donated their time, skills and money. A huge thank you to all who came, cooked, bought and wrapped gifts, decorated and tidied — and to all those generous souls online who donated thousands of pounds in a few short weeks.

Check out the video above for a little flavour of what happened on the day.

Get involved in 2019

Ellesmere Port Christmas Dinner will be back again in 2019.

The Christmas Dinner is not a charity or a Social Enterprise, nor an organisation. It is a project organised entirely by an independent group of volunteers in each area who come together, with planning taking place between September and December each year. The volunteers arrange a venue, presents, a chef, food, transport, volunteers and often so much more — they create magic and memories that will last a lifetime.

The Christmas Dinner is an opportunity for the community to take responsibility for care leavers on Christmas Day.

We are looking for people to join our steering group to help make the day happen.

The steering group is the beating heart of the Dinner and meets eight to ten times from September to December and, where possible, is present on Christmas day too. The meetings are primarily to feedback on progress, seek advice, pool ideas, and plan next steps.

Steering Group Meetings

All held at Whitby Hall, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9AE

Monday 3rd June | 5:00 – 6.30pm
Wednesday 26th June | 5:00 – 6.30pm

Wednesday 31st July | 5:00 – 6.30pm

Wednesday 25th September | 5:00 – 6.30pm

Wednesday 23rd October | 5:00 – 6.30pm

Wednesday 6th November | 5:00 – 6.30pm
Wednesday 13th November | 5:00 – 6.30pm
Wednesday 20th November | 5:00 – 6.30pm
Wednesday 27th November | 5:00 – 6.30pm

Wednesday 4th December | 5:00 – 6.30pm
Wednesday 11th December | 5:00 – 6.30pm
Wednesday 18th December | 5:00 – 6.30pm

If you're interested in joining us or would like any more information please email Jess Egan-Simon: jess@actiontransporttheatre.org or call the Action Transport Theatre office on 0151 357 2120.