Christmas Information 2020

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have had to think of new ways to give our guests a great Christmas 2020.

This year, we’ll be serving guests from our premises at 39 Grosvenor Street. There’ll be Christmas Eve food, treats and stockings and on Christmas Day, lunch with all the trimmings, gifts and high tea to collect.

We’d love your help with gift items and food parcel fillers. Please see below for our wish list!

Due to social distancing guidelines and the small size of our premises, there will unfortunately not be any space for volunteers before 28th December. However, we are having our yearly “Big Sort” (at a Sacred Hearts church hall) from 28th to 31st December. This is when we make sure we have everything ready that our guests need. 

Applications for volunteers have now closed. If you would like your email address kept on file in case spaces arise, please let us have it here.

For those that filled in an application before they closed, we will let you know the outcome of your application in the week commencing Monday 26th October.

Have a look at our latest blog post, with new about Christmas and the work we’ve been doing during the pandemic.

Our wish list:

FOOD ITEMS

  • Tinned meat/fish
  • Tinned fruit/puddings
  • Tinned “ready foods” (chilli, curry, pies)
  • Tinned spaghetti
  • Instant or pot noodles
  • Tinned potatoes/instant mash
  • Chocolate/biscuits/chewy bars/sweets
  • Tinned carrots/peas
  • Jams/spreads

CLOTHES

We can only take:

  • Men’s jeans
  • Men’s joggers
  • Men’s T Shirts
  • Men’s trainers

SORRY, WE CANNOT TAKE:

  • Men’s shoes/shirts
  • Women’s clothes/shoes
  • Household items
  • Bedding/duvets/blankets/sleeping bag

OR HELP US FILL A GIFT BAG!

We make individual gift bags for our guests. Please see some suggestions below. Please make sure any gifts you donate are:

  • Unwrapped (so we can make up individual bags)
  • Marked as gifts and separate from other items

TOILETRIES: shower gel/bath products; shampoo/conditioner; spray/mini perfumes; gift sets; cosmetics

EDIBLE TREATS: chocolate; sweets; nuts; savouries; mini juice or pop

GAMES/PUZZLES FOR GROWN UPS: Puzzle or joke books; craft sets; small puzzles; colouring books

BRAND NEW PANTS OR SOCKS: for men or women

NEW GLOVES: for men or women

BOOKS: anything cheery!

STATIONERY: notebooks; pens etc

You may have other brilliant ideas! The only things we can’t take are alcohol, medications and anything with a blade (except safety razors: they’re fine!).