A Sneinton-based community group is hoping to spread Christmas cheer by feeding 50 families.

The Growin’ Spaces group provides experiences for the long term unemployed and helps them get work ready by running an allotment programme.

A target of £750 has been set to help fund the dinners, with £325 donated already on the crowdfunding page.

The dinner will be served at 2.45pm on Christmas Day by a team of 10 volunteers.

Steven Doig, the founder and chairperson of Growin’ Spaces, said: “Our project this Christmas is to open up Sneinton Hermitage, serving a fantastic Christmas meal for struggling and vulnerable families in Sneinton who might be struggling this year.”

Growin’ Spaces was formed in October 2013 following the death of Steven’s son.

The project enabled him to tackle the challenges he had been facing and helped him enrich his life after he claimed he lost the ‘get up and go’.

Steven hosted a similar event last year where 110 people turned up and he hopes he can continue to do it for the next few years.

“Being alone this Christmas or any time of the year is hard but I think Christmas is a lot harder.”

He said: “Being alone this Christmas or any time of the year is hard but I think Christmas is a lot harder with all the family orientated TV programmes and the social aspect of it all.

“There are lots of people out there who don’t have anywhere to go or don’t have enough money to provide a Christmas meal for their family so Growin’ Spaces would like to help them.

“It will help people to be with others who can sympathise and empathise with their situation.”

However, it is not just at Christmas where the community group hopes to help out.

Growin’ Spaces also has two weekly social cafes on a Thursday and Friday where for £2.50 you can get a three-course meal.

The community group uses surplus food from major retailers via the Fareshare scheme.

As well as this, Growin’ Spaces also manages two acres of allotment across Sneinton and St Ann’s which is used to grow veg for the café alongside running the back to work programmes for the unemployed.

Figures revealed last year showed that Nottingham had the highest proportion of workless households.

For more information visit the Growin’ Spaces Facebook page, or to donate to the Christmas dinner appeal follow the link at http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/christmas-dinner-for50-disavantaged-people/