Devonport community gets in the festive spirit
We worked with DCH and community café Devonport Live to bring a touch of Christmas to two community fun days in Devonport. The winter wonderland was set up for families to have their photograph taken and go away with a glossy photo memento of the day, and PCH staff also gave out selection boxes to everyone who attended.
There were crafts, bag-stencilling, face-painting and even a magician for the children’s event, before the second event saw the café screen 1946 classic ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ which drew the crowds as mulled wine and mince pies were on offer.
Sarah Brown, manager of Devonport Live, said: “I love Christmas, but not everyone can afford it and I just don’t think that anyone should miss out. After receiving such great support for our official launch, we want to give back to local people, bring them together and help everyone get into the Christmas spirit, especially if they’re on a tight budget.”
Devonport Live has become a community hub since it was set up in 2015 by local residents for local residents. Sarah is hoping that more community groups and businesses in the city will step forward with their support and sponsorship, and their continued involvement will ensure there are more events which encourage families as well as the socially isolated and those living alone to get together over a cup of tea and something to eat.
Dave Brown, chairman of Devonport Live, added: “Our launch was all about making local people more aware about us and encouraging them to try something new, right on their doorstep where they can meet new people and dip into a range of activities – there’s a lot going on, and these Christmas events are our gift to our local community.”