Where can you get support at Christmas?

Christmas should be a time for food, fun, family and friends. But for many families, they may not be able to afford a Christmas meal, present to open on Christmas Day or need mental health support...

Published: Monday, 21st December 2020 Small Acts of Kindness

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Whilst demand is increasing, food donations are depleting, so please support these charities where you can.


Herts Help

If people need help with emergency food provision, prescription collection, food shopping they can call the helpline and leave a voicemail message or email - messages are being monitored and actioned over the Christmas period.

HertsHelp are closed on 25 December, 28 December and 1 January. 

Watford Foodbank

Watford Foodbank will be able to assist with emergency requests over these dates:

  • 10am to 1pm on 24, 29, 30 and 31 December
  • 10am to 1pm on 2 January and 4 January

For emergency food parcels, call 01923 804435 or email info@watford.foodbank.org.uk.

One Vision Project

They are open every day including Christmas Day (10am to 3pm). One Vision Project deliver hot meals, grocery food parcels and also Christmas gifts.

Sewa Day Watford 

Helping local food banks and shelters by collecting food bags from people's front doors.

Food parcel picks up on Tuesday 22 December, Thursday 24 December and Saturday 26 December at Holywell Centre, Chaffinch Lane WD18 9QD from 12 till 2pm.

Food/essential supplies donations pickups from people's front doors on Tuesday 22 December, Thursday 24 December and Saturday 26 December from 10am to 3pm.

Small Acts of Kindness

Speak to someone if you're an older person feeling isolated or alone during the pandemic. You can also get help keeping warm this winter.  

Online Small Acts of Kindness website
Phone  01923 372717
Email info@smallactsofkindness.co.uk

Hertfordshire Mind Network

Their crisis helpline will be open every day during the Christmas period and they also have online meeting places and peer support groups running as outlined on their website: www.hertsmindnetwork.org/wellbeing-centre-opening-times

Mental Health Support

It’s okay to be not okay. So many of us are feeling down about the Tier 4 announcement. Support is available for you, whatever you are going through. Even though we cannot be together during the current restrictions, you are not alone.

Online Watford Together website

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