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Your Guide to Christmas 2018

 

As in previous years, we want to try to ensure that no-one is left alone over Christmas. So we have pulled together this page to spread the word about community events taking place across Cornwall. Some of these may need your help as a volunteer but all of them are featured because they provide opportunities - especially to older and vulnerable people - to be part of something rather than being alone.

We know Christmas can be a stressful time for some people so the Mental Health Foundation have published some useful advice on their website.

 

Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telephone 01872 266988 or use our Christmas Opportunity Form to share details of your planned activities for us to add to the page.

Please note that the last date for adding information on opportunities for the Christmas period will be at noon on Thursday 20th December.

Below, are some specific and some general opportunities which may be of interest if you are thinking of giving the gift of your time this year...

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Christmas Volunteering Opportunities

Local Food Banks

It's always worth contacting your local food bank to see if they need any extra help over the Christmas period. This might range from helping with collecting or distributing food to cooking, serving, cleaning up or entertaining at specially organised Christmas parties or meals. You can find details of the Foodbanks operating in Cornwall by clicking here.


Volunteer with Miracle's front of house team for Aladdin this Christmas!

We're looking for enthusiastic people to work on our front of house team this Christmas for our production of Aladdin taking place at Falmouth's Princess Pavilion from 7 Dec - 5 Jan. We'll need strong, energetic people to help with selling programmes, raffle tickets and sweets, whilst also doing a bit of stewarding and generally being a friendly Miracle face! Sometimes this means popping on a pink t-shirt and manning our merchandise stand in the foyer, whilst other times we will need people in costume inside the auditorium to give people the feel of stepping back in time when they take their seats. We're looking for people ideally with an interest in theatre who are good with people and happy to do a bit of selling for us. You will be customer facing from beginning to end so it's important to us that you represent Miracle as being friendly, engaging and polite. Must be over 16 All performances take place at Princess Pavilion so access to the theatre is a must. Please bear in mind there will be a lot of time where you'll be on your feet.

Contact Alice Waterfield on 01209 216762 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


St Austell Kitchen

Helping prepare and serve a three course Christmas meal to the Vulnerable, needy and homeless within the wider St Austell area. Preparing food, cleaning, serving meals, serving tea and coffees. Places for this volunteering fill up quickly. Dates are 24/12/2018, 25/12/2018 and 1/1/2019. 10 am to 2.30 pm.

Contact Mike Mellow
Telephone/Mobile: 0172677457
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Hayle Day Care Centre - Christmas Day lunch for those alone on this special day 

Our partners, Social Care, Day Care Centres, Penwith Community Development Trust etc and members of the Forum will identify people who will be alone on Christmas Day. If the person wishes to come we arrange transport, prepare the food, entertain and ensure they have a good day. We also send them home with a hamper. Volunteers are needed to talk to our guests and get them tea/coffee and also serve at lunch time. Also ensuring they have support if needed to get to the lunch tables and toilets. Generally ensuring that they have a special day and go home with inner warmth and some lovely memories. Some could be involved in putting the hampers together.

Contact Name: Chris Goninan
Telephone/Mobile: 01736 788722
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Helston & the Lizard Foodbank - Tesco Collection Volunteer

On the 29th Nov, 30th Nov, and 1st Dec between 9am - 5pm, we will be inviting volunteers to help us promote the Helston and the Lizard foodbank by handing out information & shopping lists, collecting money, collecting & weighing food, and ferrying food from the collection point to the warehouse.

Kim Croftson 01326 564194 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


KIDZ R US - St Ives

Kids R Us have lots of opportunities for volunteers over the Christmas period, for box office staff, front of house, chaperones for rehearsals, sewing costumes, making props, make-up, hair and lots more. No experience required, we can offer training as necessary. We also have opportunities for volunteers at our costume warehouse in St Erth every week on a Tuesday from 10.30am to 2.30pm. This involves sorting costumes on to different rails, minor repairs, etc.

Christmas events are as follows:

Christmas Bazaar – Saturday 1st December 10pm to 4pm
Phil & Friends - Sunday 9th December at 7pm
The Snow Queen – 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th December 2pm and 6.30pm
Fancy Dress Hire – 31st December 11am to 4pm

Contact Phil Barnett This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01736 797007



Volunteers needed for Cold Weather Provision 2018 at St Petrocs - recruiting now!

Volunteers needed for Cold Weather Provision 2018 - recruiting now!

Volunteers are needed throughout the cold weather period from December to February, not just at Christmas.

This annual work of St Petrocs is vital – and without volunteers it could not happen.

The role of the Cold Weather Provision is to work with individuals who are homeless during the coldest months of winter while assisting them to identify their support and housing needs, advocating for them and helping them to access services.

We have a variety of roles we require support with over the winter period this year which require different skills and personalities, and which are available at different times of day and night.

Come along to the Information, Induction and Training sessions at Truro Resource Centre
8 City Road, Truro TR1 2JJ

We are delivering 3 sessions:
Friday 9th November, 6pm
Tuesday 20th November, 6pm
Saturday 24th November, 10am

Volunteers for this project are required to attend one of these three sessions

If you have any queries, or for an initial chat, please contact the Get Involved Team
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Telephone: 01872 260948

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Volunteer opportunities for "A Dickensian Christmas" are now open

Hello ho ho everyone!
We are looking for two volunteers for each performance of our Christmas production, to assist with ushering, ticket sales and serving mulled wine and yummy goodies. The show is about 1 hour long, with no interval and it's a real Christmassy treat!
Please click on the following web link (or copy it into your web browser if clicking doesn't work) to go to the signup sheet:
www.volunteersignup.org/CJDX8 
To sign up, just follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do.
Thank you for volunteering and Merry Christmas!

Marion and Fin 
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Marie Curie Christmas Collections - Newquay

Had your fill of turkey and tinsel?

Can you help with our Christmas collections at Sainsburys in Newquay?

Dates:
28th, 29th & 30th December

Location:
The Whim, Alma Place, Newquay, TR7 1NF

https://t.campaign.mariecurie.org.uk/webApp/mcc_supporterRegistration


Contact Lynda Thomas for more information:
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07798 638099


St John's Church Hall - Truro

Volunteers are needed from 7:15 in the morning at the St John's Church Hall to help provide breakfasts to the community. If you think you would be interested in giving some of your time to help, please get in touch with Susan Warrillow on 01872 262293 or 07786 636827.

St John's Church Hall, Truro, TR1 2NY


Drivers desperately needed to help transport people to this Christmas Day lunch for those alone on this special day - Hayle Day Care Centre

Our partners, Social Care, Day Care Centres, Penwith Community Development Trust etc and members of the Forum will identify people who will be alone on Christmas Day. If the person wishes to come we arrange transport, prepare the food, entertain and ensure they have a good day.

Chris Goninan
Telephone/Mobile: 01736 788722
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Saltash Scrapstore are looking for a volunteer Father Christmas for a couple of hours on Saturday 22nd. Please get in touch if you can help - Jenny German This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Christmas Meals Around Cornwall

Bodmin

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH - Lanivet

The Lanivet Parish Community Centre are going to be putting on a Christmas Lunch.
If you're on your own this Christmas please join us for a Community Lunch at the One For All Hall on Christmas Day.
This very special lunch is open to our older residents living on their own in the parish who would be alone on Christmas Day. There will be a small charge for the meal and numbers are limited with places booked on a first come first served basis.
A small group of volunteers are supporting this initiative and they would like to hear from anyone who would like to join them for a festive lunch. A lot of our older villagers may not be able to view this so if you know anyone who you think would enjoy their lunch with us please contact the Centre Manager on 01208 832684. The closing date is December 7th.


Bude

Abbeyfield’s Companionship at Christmas Campaign

Christmas meals and other events are available over a ten day period (24 Dec – 4 Jan). Availability throughout period at Abbeyfield Society, 8 Burns View, Bude, Cornwall. There is no cost during the above dates but the maximum available is 3 lunches and teas.
Please contact Linda Harley to book on 07964 113245 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Callington

Traditional Christmas Day Lunch (25 December)

Held at The Barn, Dupath Farm, Callington, PL17 8AD 12.30pm. Booking required by contacting Jenny Coombe on 01579 383572 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cost: £6.50 Guest booking required, Guests: All ages, needs of the elderly considered, Transport: Free for guests, Volunteers not needed.

 


Camelford and Wadebridge Area

Abbeyfield’s Companionship at Christmas Campaign

Christmas meals and other events are available over a ten day period (24 Dec – 4 Jan). Christmas day is already booked up at Abbeyfield Society, Abbeyfield House, Manor Gardens, Camelford, PL32 9TB (but spaces on all other days and at Bude). There is no cost during the above dates but the maximum available is 3 lunches and teas.
Please contact Linda Harley to book on 07964 113245 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


Falmouth

Abbeyfield Society Christmas Meals

Served at Tresillian House, 3 Stracey Road, Falmouth, TR11 4DW. Free meals are on offer from 24th December (25th December is full) through to 4th January 2017. Lunch is served at 12.30 and High Tea at 5.00pm. Meals usually last minimum of an hour and visitors can stay for as long as they wish at lunch time, but tea is finished at 6.00pm. There is no cost during the above dates but the maximum available is 3 lunches and teas.
Please contact Linda Harley to book on 07964 113245 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Salvation Army Church Christmas Day Lunch

Our Christmas Day lunch takes place at 12:00 pm for people who would be alone and for homeless people. Places are limited. In order to request a place, people need to visit The Salvation Army, Brook Street, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3RJ on either a Tuesday or Thursday morning and ask for Clair. There is no charge for the meal. If anyone (or business) would like to make a donation this would be very welcome. Following the meal a church service will take place at 2:00 pm. Our Christmas Day lunch takes place at 12:00 pm for people who would be alone and for homeless people. Places are limited. In order to request a place people need to visit The Salvation Army, Brook Street, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3RJ on either a Tuesday or Thursday morning and ask for Clair. There is no charge for the meal. If anyone (or business) would like to make a donation this would be very welcome. Following the meal a church service will take place at 2:00 pm.


Hayle

Christmas Day lunch for those alone on this special day - Hayle Day Care Centre

Our partners, Social Care, Day Care Centres, Penwith Community Development Trust etc and members of the Forum will identify people who will be alone on Christmas Day. If the person wishes to come we arrange transport, prepare the food, entertain and ensure they have a good day. We also send them home with a hamper. The meal this year will be roast beef, Yorkshire pudding and all the normal veg. Followed by Christmas pudding or fruit salad with cream or custard. With cheese and biscuits and tea/coffee. All the staff preparing and delivering the food have the necessary certificates.
If they have special dietary needs we cater for these as well. All this information is on a form which they or a relative complete which includes information about health, falls, mobility, tablet taking, whether they require transport, food, their likes and dislikes, and an emergency phone number of a relative/friend. 

Chris Goninan
Telephone/Mobile: 01736 788722
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Helston and the Lizard area

Mawgan Christmas Day Meal

Mawgan Village Hall, the Lizard. 12.30 pm for 1.00 pm lunch. Tradition two course meal followed by tea/coffee and mince pies. Guests receive a small gift and there is also carol singing. Places are limited. Transport can be arranged.
Contact: Ruth McGurk, Client Liaison Officer, Helston & The Lizard Foodbank This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Need help with ‘small gifts’


Kirribilli Will Again Serve Christmas Dinner To The Homeless

Kirribilli in Newquay will again serve the DISC Newquay Christmas Dinner to the Homeless on 25th December at 12noon. They are again welcoming people from Newquay but also from across
Cornwall. If anyone would like to contribute toward this event, either food or gifts, they will be gratefully received. There will be activities and entertainment, making it a day to remember and hopefully smiles all round.
25/12/2018 @ 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Where: Kirribilli Guest House, 134 Mount Wise, Newquay TR7 1QP
Contact: Raj Odedra 01637 851842 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
To contribute go to http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/feeding-those-in-need-at-xmas/


Launceston

Launceston Churches Together Christmas Day Lunch

(Tuesday 25 December) at Launceston Central Methodist Church 12.30pm for 1pm. This invitation is to those who live on their own and couples or families who would find it a struggle physically or financially or are lonely. There will not be a charge for this meal. Transport can be provided for those who require it. For more information please contact: Laura Goodall This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07817549675. Please reply to any of the La-unceston Churches, The Foodbank, The Job Centre or Launceston Tourist Information by Thursday 20th December 2018


Liskeard

Traditional Christmas Day Lunch (25 December)

Held at Salvation Army Community Hall, 17-19 Church Street, Liskeard, PL14 3AG Time: 12.30pm Contact Julian & Val Short to book a place by phone: 01579 340550, or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Bookings are essential and need to be made as soon as possible as places are very limited. Cost: Free, Transport can be arranged, Volunteers not required.


Christmas Party

 


Redruth 


Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change - Christmas Day Lunch in Redruth

CN4C are hosting a Christmas Day Lunch in The Elms, 61 Green Lane, Redruth and would welcome anyone who would like to get out and socialise with others between 11am and 3.30pm. Lunch served at 12.30pm. Vegetarian option available. A gift from Santa. They would also be grateful for any volunteers who can help, including any drivers who could help out with transport. A suggested donation is £5 each to cover the cost of the food. For anyone thinking of attending THIS MUST BE PREBOOKED IN ADVANCE by ringing Clare on 01209 310610 or emailing on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change – Boxing Day Day Lunch in Redruth

CN4C are hosting a Boxing Day Lunch in The Elms, 61 Green Lane, Redruth and would welcome anyone who would like to get out and socialise with others between 11am and 3.30pm. Lunch served at 12.30pm. Bubble and Squeak. Vegetarian option available. A suggested donation is £2pp to cover the cost of the food. For anyone thinking of attending THIS MUST BE PREBOOKED IN ADVANCE by ringing Clare on 01209 310610 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Saltash and Torpoint Area

Christmas Day Lunch (25 December)

St James Church Hall, Torpoint for Christmas Lunch, good company, light entertainment and a gift to go home with. To reserve a seat or to volunteer to help please contact the Churches Together Secretary on 01752 812584.


Christmas Day Lunch (25 December)

Saltash Baptist Church, Culver Road, Saltash, PL12 6BH Time:12 Noon – 3pm Contact Tim Parkman to book a place by phone: 01752 849948 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Bookings as soon as possible, Cost: Free, Transport can be arranged, Volunteers not required.

 


St Ives

A simple festive meal at the Guildhall

The trustees of St Ives Community Fund are offering, for free, a simple festive meal and friendly company at the Guildhall, Street An Pol, St Ives on Christmas Day from 1-3pm. Places must be reserved in advance. To book call into Colenso's shop, 2 Gabriel Street, St Ives or ring Tamsyn Williams on 01736 795695 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Anyone is welcome.



Truro

Christmas Day & Boxing Day Lunch - St John's Church Hall

The St John's Church Hall are going to be providing coffee and biscuits from 10:30 on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and will also be providing lunches from around 12:15 on both days. If you would like to find out more please get in touch with Susan Warrillow on 01872 262293 or 07786 636827.

Volunteers are also needed by St John's Church Hall from 7:15 to help provide breakfasts to the community, if you're interested in becoming a volunteer please get in touch with Susan on the above phone numbers.

St John's Church Hall, Truro, TR1 2NY 

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Christmas Events

Falmouth

Miracle Theatre's production of Aladdin at Princess Pavilion

Following its past sell out productions, Cornwall’s award winning Miracle Theatre is back at Princess Pavilion, with a new & not to be missed Christmas show suitable for all!

It’s Christmas 1943. For the last fifty years the Willoughby-Brown family have gathered at their country seat in Cornwall to eat, drink, laugh and bicker and, with the help of their loyal staff, to provide their own entertainment in the form of a home-made pantomime. The few guests who have been permitted to witness these rare soirées have spoken of being swept away by eccentric singing, exotic dancing, breath-taking magical effects and of being frequently moved to tears of laughter. This year, as an act of seasonal charity, the family has decided to embrace the epithet of ‘great art for everyone’. Stopping short of actually allowing the general public to soil the carpets of their splendid house, they have offered to install themselves on the stage of the Princess Pavilion, where they invite you to assemble and share their unique interpretation of the oriental fairy-tale Aladdin.

People & friends of Cornwall… brace yourselves for all the fun of traditional panto and a whole lot more!

*Advance booking highly recommended * Matinee & Evening Performances*

For more information & to book tickets, please contact Princess Pavilion box office between 10am and 2pm Monday - Friday on 01326 211222 or you can book online. Group booking discount available buy 10 get 1 free, so gather your group, friends, and family to make the most of this offer and share the experience together!

Helston

Helston Railway events

Launceston

Christmas Fayre organised by Launceston Memory Cafe 

Fayre with large number of stalls. Hot food available all day. Raising funds for Launceston Memory Cafe

Sunday December 2nd 10am-3pm
LauncestonTown Hall
Western Road
Launceston

Contact Cym Downing
Telephone/Mobile: 01566 774425; 07970 045310
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St Ives

Kidz R Us Christmas Bazaar

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