Throughout the year, we’ve been made aware of an increasing number of tenants who are struggling to make ends meet. The pressures of increased living costs and money not stretching to the end of the month are affecting more and more tenants this year. With Christmas coming up, we want to try to make the festive season a positive experience for as many of our tenants as possible. We have a number of initiatives planned as part of our OPERATION: HAPPY CHRISTMAS campaign.
There will be a variety of events and activities running from The Big Living Room over the winter months. This is an open and free space for tenants and people from the local community to use. It will host activities such as Winter Ready Events, community movies, digital courses, Christmas crafts, cooking sessions and upcycling projects run by our community partners and more. There will be hot drinks and snacks available, so you’re welcome to sit in the warm space even when there are no activities taking place.
Festive Food Hampers and Christmas Gifts
Working with community partners, we can arrange for a festive food hamper filled with essential items to help with the pressure of Christmas. Where possible, we’ll also nominate families for help with Christmas gifts for children via the West Lothian Toy Appeal. If you know of any Almond HA tenants who might need a helping hand this festive season, please do let us know on 01506 439291 or email@example.com.
Nominate a Neighbour
Over the past months, there have been so many great examples of communities coming together to help the most vulnerable, or simply carrying out acts of kindness to help out their neighbours. We’re bringing back our ‘Nominate a Neighbour’ initiative this year to say thank you to people in the community who go above and beyond to help make life easier for others.
Nominating someone is easy! Simply tell us the name of the Almond HA tenant, the first line of their address and your reasons for nominating them. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 01506 439291 and speak to one of the team.
We’ll consider all nominations, and those who are successful will receive a festive gift hamper.
“My neighbour is in his 70’s and every week he puts out his street and the street behinds bins. He walks my dog, checks in on neighbours, helps with any small jobs and think it would be nice to recognise all the help he is to neighbours.” - A nomination from a grateful neighbour in 2021.
Christmas Open House
We'll be holding a Christmas Open House event in The Big Living Room on Friday 9th December 2022 from 1pm to 3pm.
There will be festive refreshments, children’s arts and crafts, music and dancing with Minnie & Mickey plus a visit from Santa.Open to all Almond HA tenants.
Almond HA Office, The Big Living Room, 44 Etive Walk, Craigshill, Livingston, EH54 5AB