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Support for Families at Christmas

Although Christmas is meant to be a happy and joyful time, this isn't how everyone feels at this time of the year. Christmas can be a stressful and depressing time for many people. 

If you require support, there are a number of charities who can help but also, if you are able to help and support families in need, there are various ways you can contribute and support a family this Christmas. 

If you are in an emergency or crisis situation there are some funds available from Newcastle City Council and the Department for Work in Pensions. Please click here for further information. 

The Household Support Fund provides additional funding for residents in Newcastle. 

Additional support provided by Newcastle Local Authority including information on food banks in the local area, support with energy payments and accessing advice regarding debt and benefits can be found here. 

Turn2us provides information regarding support and help available for families in need. 

Family Lives and Better Health provide useful information and advice around “surviving” the Christmas period. 

Feeding Families help families at Christmas by matching a family who need help with one who could donate a Christmas dinner. 

Crisis provide vital support such as meals and gifts for families in need at Christmas 

Action for Children provide support to many children with their Secret Santa appeal. 


There are many reasons why you might not be feeling the Christmas spirit this year: struggles with loneliness, social anxiety, family difficulties or dealing with the loss of a loved one. Kooth (11-25 year olds) and Qwell (adults) are free digital mental wellbeing support communities, providing information, support, guidance and support.