While Christmas is often a time for many festivities and an opportunity for people to come together, it can be difficult for care leavers. Isolation can be a big problem, with Christmas Day serving as a reminder to many that they don’t have a family.
As a charity dedicated to improving life outcomes for vulnerable children and young people, our mission is very much aligned with the Topé Project, a volunteer-run initiative which works to combat loneliness for care-experienced young people. For the past few years we have supported them in different ways, and so when it came to organising Frontline’s Christmas celebration for this year, we decided to do something a little different.
Frontline staff wrapping Christmas gifts for the Topé Project
The Topé Project supports care-leavers by organising a Christmas Day event in London for care-leavers each year. For this year’s Christmas celebration we decided to support the Topé Project by buying gifts for the care leavers who will be attending the event.
Last week we spent an afternoon at LinkedIn’s London office – who generously donated the space as part of their LinkedIn for Good initiative – wrapping gifts for the young people.
Jerome and Shalyce, two founders of the Topé Project, speaking to Frontline staff
We invited Jerome and Shalyce, two of the founders, to join us for the day and share the story of the Topé Project. Hearing them speak was a deeply moving experience, and was also an opportunity to find out more about Topé, the young man who inspired the amazing work they’re doing with young people.
Now in their fifth year, the Topé Project is still raising money for their 2016 Christmas Day event. If you’d like to support them in reaching their £10,000 target you can do so by making a donation to their go fund me page.
You can find out more about the work of the Topé Project by reading our blog here.