Early in December, United Response hosted its annual carol service at St Peter’s Church in Eaton Square, London.

A free event, the carol service aims to bring people together from across the whole community and is a night in which everyone gets to play their part.

This was reflected in the programme for the carol service this year. On the bill were performances from the outstanding Seaford College Choir and Swanbank Music, who sang alongside smaller community choirs set up by people supported by United Response and staff, including the Cheriton Warblers and the Ipswich Deaf Choir.

Celebrating the value of community

The premise for the carol service very much reflects United Response’s wider ethos as an organisation that recognises the value of community and the role that everyone – regardless of disability – can play in it.

This is a concept that we are trying to promote through our Christmas appeal, which aims to raise funds to help the people we support overcome loneliness and build links in their local community.

Thank you for your support

We know that not everyone was able to make it along to London to take part in the carol service event itself, and so we have created a short video that we feel sums up the spirit of the event, and which we hope you will enjoy watching.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the work of United Response throughout the year. Your ongoing contribution makes a huge difference to our work with people with disabilities and mental health needs, and helps to ensure that these people, who are often incredibly vulnerable, receive the care and support they need.

Finally, we hope you all enjoy a very peaceful and happy Christmas.

Sarah Bartlett, head of press and appeals.