Impact of outreach work – Vaughan House at Christmas

Showing the exterior of Vaughn HouseA special Boxing Day lunch was organised with the partnership of Surrey Adult Learning Tutor, Dominique Hopgood and members of St Joseph’s Church in Guildford to spread the spirit of Christmas with the residents of Vaughan House in Guildford.

Our Surrey Adult Learning Tutor was inspired by the work of the Surrey Adult Learning Outreach team that offer support and learning opportunities to less fortunate members of the Surrey community, including those people that are homeless.

Thirty residents, joined the three members of staff at Vaughan House and twelve caring volunteers for a special Christmas celebration on Boxing Day. The team, which included our Surrey Adult Learning Tutor, Dominique, arranged a delicious meal and organised entertainment.

Residents of Vaughan House had fun playing bingo and prizes included Christmas boxes of sweets and biscuits. One of the volunteers led carol singing with his guitar.

Thirty Christmas gifts were distributed, which contained useful and essential toiletry items like shower gels, tooth pastes, tooth brushes and deodorant.

A nutritious three course lunch was prepared by volunteers and residents enjoyed lasagne and profiteroles accompanied by non-alcoholic “mulled wine”.

Afternoon tea and a selection of cakes were also served later during the day.

It was a fantastic and happy day, spreading goodwill and care at a special time of year.

Surrey Adult Learning are proud of Dominique and her ability to champion goodwill to our Community, reaching out to vulnerable adults living in supported housing and sending a message of hope for a better future.