Christmas is less than a week away, and it’s easy to get caught up in nights out, shopping and over-eating. However for many Christmas doesn’t pan out like that.
Whether it’s due to a lack of shelter, lack of food or lack of support – the festive season can quickly become the most miserable time of year. There’s still plenty of time to donate to a local charitable cause this Christmas – and to make it easy we’ve compiled a list of our favourites.
- Social Bite
Last year Social Bite captured the hearts of the city by offering the sale of a suspended dinner, to be claimed by a homeless person on Christmas day. Social Bite not only feed the homeless, they employ people who have been homeless too. You can buy a Christmas dinner again this year for just £5.
Refuweegee is a community led project set up to ensure that all refugees arriving in Glasgow are welcomed to the city in true Glaswegian style. Sparked Mag is very much an advocate of making refugees feel valued in our community. If you want to contribute to a community-built welcome pack you can do by visiting their website.
- Starter Packs
Starter Packs is a multi-faith organisation who arrange a starter household pack (think duvets, kitchen essentials) when they receive a referral from a housing association. We may take simple household items for granted, but to someone moving this Christmas it could mean the difference between a house and a home.
- Food banks
While we think it’s a disgrace that anyone has to use a Foodbank in 2015 Britain (that’s for a different post), supporting them will allow many struggling families this week. You can find your closest drop-off point via The Trussell Trust website.
- Women’s Aid
Christmas can be a time of despair if you’re living with an abusive partner or parent. The sad truth is that violence often worsens at this time of year, with an increase in alcohol and high-stress situations (e.g. lack of money, pressure from family). Support families seeking refuge via Glasgow Women’s Aid.
- Have a conversation
You don’t have to donate your money. Does someone you know seem withdrawn, distracted or down? Take the time to ask them how they are – you never know the difference it might make by having someone to talk to.