*** Update – the Company for Christmas Blog is now HERE – more info to follow soon ***
Hi folks. I had an idea which I dismissed as stupid, but it won’t go away, so I’m putting it in the blogosphere.
I used to work in supported housing. Often people lived there because their families had come apart, and they were now very much alone.
During Christmas almost everybody, almost every TV program, almost every street poster shows happy families, happy couples or groups in warm cosy settings. For those isolated or separated Christmas can be extremely difficult. These ‘happy tidings’ are painful, yet who wants to be the sad face when everyone else is laughing? This makes it hard to even talk about the loneliness.
The idea I had, which may be silly I don’t know, was to set-up a blog especially for Christmas – The Yule Blog. On this blog people can volunteer to be watching and responding. Maybe there can be a rota and people can choose one-hour or two-hour slots, until the whole 24hrs is covered.
People exist for anyone in crisis, such as the Samaritans, so the blog would be more about offering a chance to be sociable, rather than being a ‘help-line’.
I remember being alone at Christmas as a teenager and how it feels. I also remember the importance of the extra effort staff put in at Christmas for the housing project. It makes a huge difference just to have someone to talk to.
I know other services exist, but the blog is a world of its own – and there are many people already here who already have blog-friends.
What do people think. Would you re-blog this to spread the idea? Is this a good idea, or is there already enough out there? Would you use it, or volunteer for it? Do you have ideas for how it might work?
I’d really appreciate feedback, as I can’t shake the idea till I’ve heard some thoughts.