Presents for Care Home Residents

For the last two years, this wonderful community has generously made, bought, wrapped, donated and delivered presents to care home staff and to every resident with no-one else to buy for them in the borough. It was a phenomenal response that made a huge difference to them.

We’re asking for your support in 2022 to once again provide a bit of joy at Christmas for care home residents. We already have a list of gift requests and are keen to start matching donors to requests. Many schools in the borough are making cards to include with the gifts.


Over the next few weeks, we’ll be promoting individual requests on our social media pages. Please comment on posts, send us a direct message via social media or email to commit to fulfilling a specific individual’s request.

You could pop some nice chocolates, toiletries, jigsaw puzzles or colouring books and pencils in your trolley while out shopping; these are great for fulfilling last minute gift requests that come in or for individuals who haven’t made a specific request. You can drop these off at the donation points shown on the Contact page.

You could donate a monetary amount to enable us to fulfil gift requests – donate here

You can share our appeal to your local groups – let’s show our care home residents that RBK cares!

Monthly Wellbeing Event

We are now holding drop in wellbeing events at Queen Mary Hall on at Cambridge Gardens on the first Tuesday of the month alongside the Tuesday Club at CREst.

Many local service providers attend these events: Mind in Kingston, SPEAR, Kingston Advocacy Services, Kingston Voluntary Action, Social Prescribers, Health Coaches, Superhighways, Kingston Wellbeing Services and the Vaccination team as well as some of the RBKares team. We will be joined by Full Cycle community project at our next one. They will offer bike services and training. The Kingston Adult Education Service will run a ‘Ten practical keys to a happier life’.

Winter Warmer bags

The crafters of the community are making bags, scarves or snoods, and hats, and purchased gloves, socks and a hot water bottle are being added to make a complete winter warmer kit. We received a grant from Kingston Charitable Foundation which helps to fund the purchases and make a difference to those who are going to be most at risk this winter. The cost of living crisis is and energy price cap rise are going to be catastrophic to some, we hope this will help.

Refugee Sewing Group

We are running a community sewing group for new refugees, giving them the chance to use our machines and materials to make Econocooker bags which assist in cooking hot meals in challenging circumstances.

If you’d like to get involved please go to our Contact page.