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Don't be alone at Christmas

Nobody deserves to feel lonely at Christmas. If you’re looking for people to spend time with over the festive period, or you want to help out by volunteering, there are lots of places and organisations across the city who are offering free or low-cost community eating for anybody who might otherwise spend much of Christmas alone.

Listed below are just a few organisations that you can contact.

The Salvation Army – every year the Salvation Army support people at Christmas by providing Christmas lunches and companionship to older people, delivering food parcels to people who may struggle to afford a Christmas lunch and distributing toys to children who might otherwise go without. Find your nearest Salvation Army location by clicking here.

Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – offering a wide range of services for older people and their carers. This includes activities and events and opportunities to volunteer and make a huge difference in older people’s lives.

Places of welcome - Places of Welcome is run by local community groups who want everyone in their neighbourhood to have a place to go for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a conversation if and when they need it. Find a place of welcome near to you by clicking here.

Ask Lion - Whether you’re young or old, there’s lots of support and advice available and links to local groups to help you combat loneliness. Click here to find out more.

Food parcels and social eating projects - Food banks provide parcels and social eating projects provide free hot meals to residents in receipt of a referral, which often takes the form of a voucher. If you’re not eligible for a voucher, some social eating projects will provide hot meals for a small charge. Find out more by clicking here.

Places of worship – many places of worship across the city will be available over the Christmas period for people to spend time with others. To find your nearest place of worship click here.

Refugee roots – a Christian charity that helps asylum seekers and refugees with building a new life in the UK. The Vine Community Centre in Bobbersmill is holding a Fun, food and festivity event on Wednesday 15 December – including a FREE warming veggie lunch. Find out more by clicking here.

Volunteering – this is a great way to get out and about over Christmas, meet new people and make a difference. Nottingham Community Volunteering Service has hundreds of volunteering opportunities on their database. You can filter by where you live, what interests you and the times you might be available. Visit their website for more details.