Saints in the Community spreads Christmas cheer to people at risk of isolation through SPFL Trust Festive Friends campaign

Saints in the Community are delighted to announce we will be bringing Christmas cheer, kindness and compassion to older people in the community by taking part in this year’s Festive Friends programme in partnership with the SPFL Trust.

The SPFL Trust programme is now in its eighth year of operating and all 41 SPFL associated community trusts & clubs will work with local partners to identify older people who may be feeling lonely or isolated, including St. Johnstone!

This year, Saints in the Community staff and volunteers will visit individuals throughout the local community with hampers with there also being an increased focus on our in-person event as we look forward to welcoming nominees to McDiarmid Park to enjoy a hot Christmas lunch, fun and games, a gift and transport there and home.

Hamper Delivery

  • Tuesday, 19th December
  • Door-step delivery surprise (shh, don’t tell them!)
  • Includes food items, small gifts and activities.

Lunch Event

  • Thursday, 21st December.
  • 11:45am arrival for 12:10pm sit down.
  • 3-course Christmas meal. Set menu.
  • Table games and fun activities throughout the day.
  • Musical entertainment provided by The Neverly Sisters.

The programme is expected to support around 3,600 people this year across Scotland. It’s been a difficult year for everyone, as we deal with the pressures of the cost-of-living crisis. But of course, winter is always a tough time for older people, who are at higher risk of social isolation and loneliness.

SPFL Trust CEO Nicky Reid said: “Festive Friends is a highlight in the SPFL Trust calendar, and one of the biggest events for our colleagues at clubs and community trusts across Scotland. Our research shows that almost 83% of people live within ten miles of a SPFL ground - because of this clubs and their associated community trusts are well positioned to support change in their communities. This year 42 clubs are involved, and we look forward to spreading festive magic to many across Scotland, bringing kindness and compassion this Christmas."

Festive Friends brings Christmas cheer and companionship to elderly people who are socially isolated and at risk of being alone during the festive season. Around 13,000 people have enjoyed Festive Friends in the last seven years and that number is expected to reach nearly 17,000 this year.

If you have an elderly relative, friend, neighbour or customer who is at risk of being alone this festive period and you would like to nominate them, please complete our online nomination form:

All nominations should be received by Friday 15th December. Spaces are limited and will be offered to those eligible on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be aware that we unfortunately may not be able to support all applications.