So, with Christmas Eve upon us, we reach the final door of our Community Advent Calendar.

If you have been following our advent blogs throughout December, you will have come across an array of simple and inexpensive ways to get to know people in your community and make a difference.

Today’s is no different as we round off with our final suggestion on Day 24: wish everyone you meet a 'Merry Christmas'.

Seasons greetings: the benefits

Starting a conversation with someone you don’t know can be very difficult, but Christmas is an ideal icebreaker. Even if the conversation goes no further than the greeting itself, you have broken down that initial barrier and will be remembered as someone who is approachable should that person need help from a neighbour in future. And then from there on, who knows what could happen?

We hope that you have enjoyed reading our blogs this month and finding out more about our campaign and appeal to help combat isolation among people with disabilities and mental health needs.

A taste of the events your generosity has funded

Our appeal has already funded several events this Christmas that have helped prevent people from being alone over the festive period. You can read more about these events in yesterday's community round-up blog.  We’ll also be posting some blogs in January about other community projects and events that your donations have helped fund.

To thank all of our supporters this year, we have created a short video of our carol service, which took place earlier in December. If you haven’t already done so then we hope that you enjoy watching it.

And finally, we would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas.

Sarah Bartlett, head of press and appeals.