This weekend we were lucky enough to be joined by a lovely group of residents from our target communities for a festive Christmas lunch at Gloucester Services. Most of the group had never visited Gloucester Services before, and it was a great opportunity for us to meet new people and thank some of our community partners for the great work they do.
Some of our guests had had challenging years, and yet still amazed us with their passion to volunteer and help others in their communities. Others shared their stories of living alone for a long time, and the joy they’ve found in building friendships through our partner organisations.
After a festive lunch, we ran a raffle and everyone won something from the Gloucester Services Farmshop. A big thank you to Hobbs House Bakery who also donated delicious mince pies for our guests to take home.
One of our guests commented: "I didn't know about Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, the connection with Gloucester Services and all that it does locally, it's really inspiring." We thought our guests were the inspiring ones.