Katie's Diary

First Day of ubu Christmas Sparkle Celebrations

5th December 2016

Every year ubu celebrates 15 festive days throughout December. Our tradition continues this year with some new ways to share the spirit of the season. This year we have decided to bring some Christmas ‘sparkle’ to people we have met in our local communities who need a boost and to feel appreciated and loved.

For women and their children trying to escape domestic violence and abuse, Christmas can be one of the most challenging and difficult times of the year. Harrogate Refuge is a small organization that provides safe and secure accommodation for up to 8 families at any one time. The Refuge is partly funded by the local authority and relies on additional donations from the public to pay for utilities, food and other resources.

At Christmas many generous gifts are made by local people for the children being protected at the Refuge. Presents and clothes are always very welcome, especially as money is scarce for these families. The women though, who have often been the focus of abuse and violence, can feel particularly lonely and forgotten at this time of year.

People served by ubu and the teams who enable them to live with greater independence in Harrogate and Knaresborough heard about the Refuge and thought it would be a good idea to find a way to spread some sparkle and joy to the people .

“We’re certain that there are mothers at the Refuge who would love to have someone to make their day this Christmas” says ubu’s Regional Development Manager for North Yorkshire. So a plan was drawn up to gather some special pampering gifts for each of the woman currently staying at the Refuge to let them know that they really matter too. ubu has generously donated £50 towards these special presents for the women. Each parcel will have a beautiful card attached saying “Stay strong and courageous, you matter too…”

A heart-felt poem “The Kindness of Strangers” was composed by a member of the ubu team to let the families know that they are not alone. Here is a short extract from it…

 “Let us show her the kindness of strangers;
As strangers so often turn out to be friends…

…our gift to her is simple, a touch of sparkle to brighten her day”.

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