CHRISTMAS REFERRAL FORM

Giving Parents the Gift of Choice this Christmas 

 

Every parent (or carer) wants to be able to give their child(ren) the presents that they dream of at Christmas. When people are experiencing times of financial hardship, choice, dignity and empowerment can so often be taken away from them. This Christmas, we have chosen to change the way that we support families as we want to help restore this.

We have 2 different projects this year:

 

MAIN CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Referring Children across Berkshire and surrounding areas for Main Christmas Presents

This project is for those families who would otherwise have nothing at all this Christmas. We have limited capacity to support children in this project - so please request help as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Once we are at capacity we will have to close the referral form.   

If a family you are supporting qualifies for this project please call Lindsay on 07578 144611 for an initial conversation. 

​If the families meet the criteria for this project a member of the First Days team will then contact the family directly to:

  • Relieve some worry by reassuring them that we will support them this Christmas

  • Agree a budget with them for each child in the family

  • Understand more about what their children would like for Christmas

  • Order presents or source these items from our warehouse

  • First Days will organise delivery of the present(s) to the family in time for Christmas

SMALL CHRISTMAS GIFTS AND STOCKING FILLERS

 

Referring Families to choose small gifts and stocking fillers for their children in Wokingham 

Please refer any family in Wokingham Borough who would benefit from coming to the Christmas Presence shop in Elms Field to select small gifts and stocking fillers for their children. We want to ease the burden of the cost of Christmas, and will be able to provide families with Christmas food hampers as well, thanks to our collaboration with SHARE and Wokingham Foodbank. 

 

Once we have received the referral, we will contact the family directly to book a slot for them to attend.

Please complete this referral form for families who live in Wokingham Borough. 

If you would like a closed session for your group to select gifts, please contact emma@firstdays.net

In exceptional circumstances, if a family is unable to attend one of our events then there will be the option for us to pick the gifts on their behalf and then deliver filled stocking bags to their home. 

Other local charities offering support for families this Christmas

While we are having to limit the number of children that we can support this Christmas, there are several other fantastic local charities in Berkshire who are also running Christmas campaigns. Please only refer each family to one charity to ensure that between all local charities we can support all families who need our help. 

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  • The Baby Bank Christmas Pyjama Appeal.  Offering children from 0-16 years a gift bag containing a brand new set of winter pyjamas, a chocolate selection box and a new book. Please email info@thebabybank.org to make a referral.

 

Please don't hesitate to contact us: referrals@firstdays.net if you have any questions.