Council grants to support Christmas lunches for community groups

Date published: 10 December 2021

Thirteen organisations from across Townsville are getting into the Christmas spirit by hosting community lunches supported by Townsville City Council.

The Council initiative is for community organisations that want to help reduce the loneliness of their members during the festive season.

Council Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson Ann-Maree Greaney said the luncheons were an important way to encourage togetherness.

“Christmas time is all about bringing families and friends together, however for some people, Christmas can be isolating. That’s why Council offers community groups the opportunity to apply for a Christmas community luncheon,” Cr Greaney said.

“This year, we have had 13 successful applicants from the Upper Ross right through to the CBD whose clients will be able to enjoy a Christmas lunch and spend meaningful time with other organisation members this month.”

Cr Greaney said Christmas was one of the easiest times of the year to reach out and form new friendships. These luncheons will assist those in our community in most need.

“Everyone has been affected by the last 18 months and the changes that COVID has placed on our community, and these luncheons are a great way for people to re-connect and enjoy each other’s company,” she said.

“But it doesn’t take much for neighbours to reach out to each other, say “merry Christmas” and exchange phone numbers at this time of year.

“If you’re unsure about knocking on someone’s door, you can always drop a kind note or Christmas card in their letterbox. It’s just one way that we can make our community feel more connected and help with those feelings of loneliness or isolation this Christmas.”

For more information about Christmas in Townsville, visit Christmas Together 2021.