We Are Together At Christmas

Newham’s Big Christmas Lunch Week, 12 – 17 December

Christmas can be a difficult time for people and, with the Cost of Living Crisis, this year it could be even harder. To help, the Council is organising a campaign to bring our communities together that includes Christmas light Switch On events and, during w/c 12 December, a coordinated series of Christmas lunches. Newham’s ‘Big Christmas Lunch’ week is supported by the Eden Project and aims to encourage voluntary groups, business partners and others, with the Council, to host a Christmas lunch for those who may not be able to celebrate this year. To find out more, and take part in ‘We are Together at Christmas’ check out the resources shared below:

In partnership with The Eden Project, we have put together resources to help support you to plan and deliver a lunch. View the pack on our website or visit The Eden Projects website for more amazing ideas.

Let us know if you are hosting a Christmas

Remember if you are holding a lunch to let us know by emailing us Community.Neighbourhoods@newham.gov.uk please include the following information

  • Organisation
  • Date
  • Number of attendees expected
  • Contact number and email

Social media

During or post event please post your photos on social media by using #newhamchristmas and tag us @NewhamLondon so we can like and share your content.


If you require volunteers to help you host a lunch, please contact volunteers@newham.gov.uk

Health & Safety considerations

When hosting a lunch, remember that safety comes first. Some things to consider before hosting a lunch, includes:

  • Food allergies 
  • Dietary requirements
  • Cultural and religious dietary requirements 
  • Risk assessments 
  • Food hygiene
  • Public liability insurance
  • Safeguarding 

For advice about cooking for the community visit the Food Standards Agency. There is also Christmas food hygiene tips and how to cook your turkey safely.

For information about the insurance considerations view the eden project communities website

If you have any queries relating to food safety, email food@newham.gov.uk