Spirit of Christmas

Give a helping had this Christmas

How you can help this Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, a time when families get together, festive food is shared, presents are opened and goodwill is in abundance. But what about all those people for whom Christmas is a reminder of their loneliness, a time of past memories and present sadness, despair and depression? Who will look out for them? Within each Cornish Community there is a spirit of generosity and kindness that is demonstrated time and time again in the 'Spirit of Cornwall'. Our campaign will seek to harness this generosity of spirit by asking people to help local organisations support the vulnerable, the lonely and the marginalised. If you can help with supplying any of the needs below please contact the organisations concerned to see how you can make a difference this Christmas.

 

  • The Winter Night Shelter Cornwall (WNSC)
    The Winter Night Shelter Cornwall Project (WNSC) will provide night shelters in December and January. Last winter we accommodated 111 rough sleepers and 75 % of these were helped into permanent accommodation as a result of their contact with the service. WNSC could be a life saver for those with no home and also provides companionship and food. The night shelters need a large number of volunteers to make this project a success. Full training and expenses will be given to prepare for this challenging, but always rewarding service to those in most need.

    We will be grateful for any support you can give to this work and if you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact Email: lois.wild@stpetrocs.org.uk
    Telephone: 01872 260948

    Thank you for your interest and please pass on this information through your networks

  • Christmas Day meal listing for Cornwall Click below for a listing of Christmas meals and potential volunteering opportunities click here
  • The Breadline Centre in Penzance is now managed by St Petroc’s Society and does very valuable work with homeless and unemployed people both in terms of providing practical support (food, warm clothes, sleeping bags) and practical advice. Their drop-in centre (8 Bread Street) needs donations of warm clothing, sleeping bags, tinned and dried foods and Christmas food and presents. Please contact Margaret on 01872 264153.
  • West Cornwall Women's Aid is a charity that provides refuge and support for women and children escaping domestic violence and abuse. They need Christmas presents for women and children, particularly 7-14yr olds, Christmas food gifts eg mince pies, Christmas cakes, chocolates, shortbread, toiletries for women, etc Phone Lizzie on 01736 367543.
  • Invite a Neighbour to your Christmas Day Lunch and you will capture the true meaning of Christmas. It might even add to the fun and enjoyment of the occasion! If you can’t do it for Christmas Day Lunch how about inviting your neighbour to a meal over the Christmas period! Whatever you do this Christmas take time to think about your neighbours. What if it were you that were alone this Christmas?
  • Truro Homeless Action Group provides a meal every day of the year for the homeless and this year will be having both a Christmas Day and a Boxing Day Lunch. They work in conjunction with the Salvation Army in Truro. Looking for donations of tinned and packeted food, non alcoholic drinks, toiletries and warm clothing, thermos flasks, cheques to THAG or Supermarket Vouchers. Contact: Chrissie Branch, the secretary:chrisbranch40@hotmail.com
  • St Petroc's Society in Truro does very valuable work with homeless people both in terms of providing practical support (food, warm clothes, sleeping bags) and practical advice. Their drop-in centre in City Road needs donations of warm clothing, sleeping bags, tinned and dried foods and Christmas food and presents. Please contact 01872 264153 or bring to the drop in centre 9.00am to 5.00pm Mon - Fri.
  • Truro Young Women's Centre provides supported accommodation for young women in crisis. Whether it is a family break-up or personal difficulties the centre provides short-term accommodation to help get them back on their feet. Phone Michelle on 01872 260847 if you can help with Christmas presents for young women (15-30), Christmas hampers or food, or cinema / theatre tickets, dance classes, gym sessions, craft materials, crockery and cutlery, camping gear, self-help books.
  • Furniss Coal Charity are providing free bags of coal to any resident in the Parish of Truro, who use coal as the sole source of heat in their home. Contact the City Council on 01872 274766
  • Cornwall Women's Refuge Trust supports women who have suffered domestic violence. They have a Helpline and a Refuge. They would welcome gifts of Christmas food, Children’s toys, women’s presents and toiletries. Contact Jean or Sue on 01872 277814.
  • St Petroc's Society in Newquay does valuable work with homeless people both in terms of providing practical support (food, warm clothes, sleeping bags) and practical advice. Their hostel in Newquay needs donations of warm clothing, sleeping bags, tinned and dried foods and Christmas food and presents. Please contact Head Office on 01872 264153 to organise local drop off arrangements.
  • St Petroc’s Society in Bodmin does valuable work with homeless people both in terms of providing practical support (food, warm clothes, sleeping bags) and practical advice. Their hostel in Bodmin needs donations of warm clothing, sleeping bags, tinned and dried foods and Christmas food and presents. Please contact Head Office on 01872 264153 to organize local drop off arrangements.

If you would like help with running an event or activity this Christmas or would like to volunteer help with the distribution of posters and leaflets, please contact me below.

Colin Reid, Cathedral
Communications Officer
14 St Mary's Street,
TRURO,
TR1 2AF
01872 245007

colin@trurocathedral.org.uk

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