Advent calendars for care homes

Published: Monday December 6, 2021

Two women holding a hand made fabric advent calendarGill Ford, the Anna coordinator for CaBiC, an interdenominational charity, which has been set up to support and coordinate ministry to older people in the local area, has been busy delivering beautiful Advent calendars to local care homes.

The calendars have been sewn by a team of craftspeople led by Mary Padley, a former art teacher. Gill, with others, then developed an activity for each day of Advent and placed an item or surprise in the relevant pocket, so they can be discovered day-by-day. Included are sheep, angels, donkeys, cookie cutters wreaths bells and of course Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus.

Care homes have had an extremely challenging 2 years and the calendars have been received with joy by hard-pressed staff. On Facebook, a spokesperson for Hampton House said: “Thank you for our beautiful Advent calendar. We are delighted to receive such a fabulous gift to celebrate Advent with our residents. So much work must have gone into creating so many fabulous activities.”

Lilian Faithful Care said “Thank you so much for these beautiful handmade advent calendars for our care home residents, We really appreciate your volunteers’ time on these. They’ll really be a highlight every day for our residents.”

Lately, CaBiC has begun to be able to take services into some care homes. They would love to extend this support more widely and would welcome offers of help.

If you would like to find out more about joining the team or would like to support CaBiC please visit or email ku.oc1716812454.ciba1716812454c@ofn1716812454i1716812454.

CaBiC’s work is supported by both Allchurches Trust and Gloucester Diocese’s LIFE Development Fund.

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