Cornish Christmas Giving Catalogue

Give a gift of hope this Christmas

Our 2023 Cornish Christmas Giving Catalogue includes 20 charitable organisations and all of Cornwall’s food banks. So this Christmas, give a gift of hope to someone in Cornwall by giving a gift of love to friends and family.

Cornish Food Banks

What your donation could provide:

  • £15: A day’s food for a family of four;
  • £50: A week’s food for a family of four;
  • £175: Food for a month for a family of four.

Cornish Food Banks continue to provide food parcels to those families and individuals that have low incomes and cannot afford basic groceries.

Our food banks also provide food for children during the school holidays and also provide baby food and baby provisions, washing products, fuel vouchers and pet food.

At Christmas, most food banks also provide presents for the children of families suffering from food poverty.

Due to the continued cost of living crisis, demand for food parcels doubled in the past six months, with fears that demand will continue to increase. Donations, in all of our towns and villages, are essential to help those most in need of help.

To make a donation to a food bank, please enter its location on the Order Form, along with the amount you wish to donate.

Our Cornish Food Banks:

  • Bude
  • Callington
  • Camborne, Pool & Redruth
  • Hayle
  • Helston
  • Launceston
  • Liskeard & Looe
  • Newquay
  • Penryn & Falmouth
  • St Austell
  • St Ives
  • Saltash
  • Truro
  • Wadebridge
  • Penzance
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Truro Homeless Action Group

This year’s donations will help provide food for the increasing costs of providing the full English breakfasts and Christmas Day and Boxing Day meals.

Truro Homeless Action Group (THAG) provides a warm welcome, food and shelter and a regular and safe place for the homeless and vulnerably housed to meet. Around 30 volunteers regularly give two hours a week to provide free cooked breakfasts, seven days a week, 365 days a year. On Christmas Day a turkey lunch is served and a late brunch on Boxing Day.

As well as food, THAG also provides toiletries, flasks, razors, thermals in winter, along with socks, gloves, hats, scarves, and underwear. THAG was first formed over 25 years ago after the night shelter in St George’s Road was closed.

THAG is based at the Church Hall of St John the Evangelist in Strangways Terrace, Truro.

THAG is always happy to welcome new volunteers. Email

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St Petrocs

What your donations could help provide:

  • £15: an hour support session to end homelessness
  • £25: heat one of our emergency accommodation houses for a day through the winter.
  • £60: fund an emergency visit to someone who is unable to travel to access services
  • £100 a series of individual support sessions to discuss housing options and referrals for suitable, secure accommodation.

St Petrocs acts as the last line of defence against someone having to sleep outside.

Where people find themselves pushed into homelessness, we act quickly to use our outreach and resettlement services to secure appropriate accommodation. Our residential services offer accommodation with support to provide a foundation for individuals to build on, towards independent living. We work with the relevant agencies to ensure permanent housing solutions are found and adequate support is provided.

We will ensure that people get access to the support which is their basic human right.

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Backpack Beds

Each Backpack Bed costs £100 so all donations are very welcome.

Backpack Beds provide shelter that can help improve the lives of people who face the prospect of rough sleeping on the streets of Cornwall.

Backpack Beds are a project of the Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum which has distributed 200 backpack beds in conjunction with key partners who provide support for the homeless in the county.

Backpack Beds are durable, waterproof and cost effective and immediately improves the dignity, health, sleep, warmth, comfort and safety of people sleeping on our streets.

Backpack Beds are not the permanent solution to preventing or relieving homelessness: but Backpack Beds do offer a simple short-term solution to help vulnerable people take the first steps away from rough sleeping.

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Penzance Breakfast Project

What your donation could help provide:

  • £10: Cooked breakfasts for five homeless people;
  • £25: Cooked breakfasts for 15 homeless people.

Penzance Breakfast Project’s aim is to provide a cooked breakfast in a warm, dry and safe place, five days a week for people who are homeless in the Penzance area.

Its base in the Breadline Centre, a resource centre for the St Petroc’s organisation, means that there is access to advice and support from St Petroc’s staff.

The success of the project lies with the small team of dedicated volunteers who provide this service alongside the manager and co-ordinator.

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Cornwall Refuge Trust

What your donation could help provide:

  • £20: Art & craft resources for a family in refuge;
  • £40: Essential items of clothing on arrival in refuge;
  • £50: Saucepans, cutlery & crockery for those ready to move on;
  • £60: Providing overnight domestic abuse helpline for one night.

Cornwall Refuge Trust provides a safe supportive environment for men, women and children who have escaped domestic abuse. They offer support and advice, empowering survivors of domestic abuse for a safer and happier future.

The charity was founded in 1979 by women from local churches who sought to provide a temporary place of safety for women and children fleeing domestic abuse.

The trust has developed over the years and now provides refuge accommodation for up to six women and their children and also supports male victims of domestic abuse, providing refuge accommodation for up to five men and their children. Cornwall Refuge Trust also provides a 24-hour domestic abuse helpline (01872 225629) and a domestic abuse counselling service (the Waves Project).

The individuals and families who come into refuge are likely to have fled their home with short notice and therefore often arrive with little more than they are wearing.

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The Cornwall Community Foundation

All donations are welcome.

The Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF) aims to improve the lives of others in Cornwall, those who are isolated, disadvantaged and vulnerable.

As a foundation, we have the expertise and local knowledge to help donors support the local causes and charities they care about, enabling them to make an impact through their giving.

We identify issues of importance for our donors and facilitate investment to grassroots, front line, volunteer led organisations on their behalf, making a real difference to people’s lives across Cornwall.

The CFF’s Crisis Fund makes small awards, usually £30 but up to a maximum of £90, to the most vulnerable individuals within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, who are suffering immediate hardship. This includes helping individuals who are currently homeless or in danger of becoming homeless with immediate needs such as short term accommodation, transport, clothing and food.

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No One Goes Hungry - Probus & Surrounding Area

What your donation could help provide:

  • £10: a baby’s nappies for one month;
  • £12.50: a daily hot meal for one child during school holidays;
  • £25: a family with a fresh Christmas dinner.

No One Goes Hungry – Probus and Surrounding Area supports people in the mostly rural area between Truro and St Austell.

We operate a community larder four times a week where anyone can drop in to access free food – a mixture of store cupboard essentials, fresh fruit and veg, supermarket surplus and baby supplies. We are also supported with fresh food from a number of local businesses who donate food to the project.

At Christmas we provide hampers containing everything for a fresh Christmas Dinner for those who request one or are nominated to receive one.

We are currently supporting around 150-200 people per week and since the cost of living crisis has hit out numbers are increasing week on week.

We work with a local catering company to provide high quality nutritious meals for children during the school holidays.

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Truro Nourish Hub

All donations welcome for the Truro Nourish Hub. These will go towards items such as ingredients for healthy meals, the purchase of airfryers and slow cookers for our users, and to support our volunteers with travel costs.

Truro Nourish Hub (TNH), based at Truro Cathedral, is a new initiative set up to support our local community by enabling people to cook healthy, sustainable and low cost meals.

It aims to create a facility that is accessible to anyone and offer a food provision which not only shares hot healthy meals but provides a safe place for people to meet and engage with their community. It is also a great opportunity for people to connect with each other and for the TNH to signpost them to other organisations that could assist them if required.

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Falmouth & Penryn Welcome Refugee Families

All donations welcome and these will go towards:

  • a rent top up for housing;
  • paying for interpreters;
  • providing English lessons;
  • helping to give the family everything they need to become independent, integrated members of our community.

Falmouth and Penryn Welcome Refugee Families was established to deliver the Government’s Community Sponsorship scheme which aims to resettle refugee families displaced by the Syrian war.

We provide support and resources to enable refugee families to resettle in the Falmouth and Penryn area, including but not limited to language teaching, befriending and social support. It costs a minimum of £10,000 to help resettle a family.

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The Fishermen's Mission

What your donation could provide:

  • £15: Practical support to a fishing family facing a tough Christmas;
  • £25: One hour of support to an isolated retired fisherman facing a lonely Christmas;
  • £50: Support to a grieving fisherman’s partner facing a first Christmas without their loved one.

The Fishermen’s Mission maintains a Christian presence in the UK’s fishing communities, in order to provide, regardless of race or creed, practical, welfare and spiritual support to active and retired fishermen and their families.

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Citizens Advice Cornwall

What your donation could provide:

  • £10: provide a family with emergency help;
  • £25: supports a specialist housing adviser to prevent homelessness;
  • £50: provides ongoing support to isolated and vulnerable people.

Citizens Advice Cornwall offers free, independent and confidential advice.

Demand for our services has increased by 147% and we are working with more people in employment but struggling to cope with the cost of living. Your donation can be a lifeline to a family in crisis this Christmas.

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Samaritans of Cornwall at Truro

What your donation could help provide:

  • £5: Keeps the branch open for one hour;
  • £10: Helps us train a new volunteer.

In today’s increasingly stressful and hectic world, more and more people are looking to Samaritans as a means of helping them cope with day-to-day issues, crises and disasters.

Run entirely by volunteers and funded from donations and fund raising, Samaritans of Cornwall at Truro is the only branch of this organisation based solely in the Duchy. Last year, volunteers in the branch responded to 52,000 calls for help. We are available via phone, email, text, SMS and face-to-face.

Whatever the caller wants to discuss, Samaritans offer a confidential, nonjudgmental space to explore what is going on. It costs £50,000 a year to run the Truro branch. We rely entirely on donations to maintain our services.

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Hidden Help

What your donation could help provide:

  • £10: Pays for a delivery to a family in the Truro area;
  • £20: Pays for a delivery to a family in other parts of Cornwall.

Hidden Help is a charity which supports those most in need in Cornwall to create a home by recycling, upcycling and redistributing furniture and household items from the local community.

We help those seeking refuge from domestic violence, the poorest, the homeless and long term unemployed, those with chronic illness and disabilities, ex-offenders and armed forces veterans, and asylum seekers, referred to us by social services and other bodies, and fit out their empty space, including carpets on concrete floors, to give them some dignity and to help create a home.

We also support our volunteers and clients to reintegrate into society and employment through volunteering and work experience with the charity.

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All Saints Community Centre

What your donation could help provide:

  • £15: helps fund one hour for vulnerable people to work with a community or sessional worker
  • £25: helps fund counselling support for people who can not move on with their lives due to bereavement and loss, or mental ill health
  • £50: helps fund gardening activities for vulnerable people to do community gardening, grow food together and gain improved physical, mental and social wellbeing.

All Saints Community Centre, Tuckingmill provides grass root support for all vulnerable people within the community, including crisis support, counselling, mental health first aid and suicide prevention support, advocacy and a community larder.

The centre endeavours to provide recreational, social, cultural, educational and training opportunities, promote social justice and social inclusion to make the community stronger and a happier and healthier and safer place to live. We work with at risk individuals, whether from abuse, being street homeless, or at risk of self harm. We are running many new projects, groups, activities and services in response to increased need and have recently employed counsellor and sessional workers.

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Food Troops

What your donation could help provide:

  • £10: will provide a week’s worth of ingredients for our community;
  • £20: will go towards children’s cookery equipment & education resources;
  • £50: will go towards the building of a new greenhouse to increase our veg production.

Food Troops provides food education and surplus food parcels for families in and around Redruth.

Our educational food-focused workshops encourage healthy eating within the family, increasing a range of fruit and veg in our diets and bring the community together through good food and sharing of skills and experiences.

We operate from our community kitchen and garden in Redruth where we distribute surplus food otherwise destined for landfill and grow our own range of organic fruit and vegetables to be used in our workshops and cooked up into nutritious meals for people in need.

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Home-Start Kernow

What your donation could help provide:

  • £5: Healthy snacks for babies & toddlers at our groups;
  • £10: support for a new mum struggling with postnatal depression;
  • £25: funding towards specialist speech & language support for children born during the pandemic.

Home-Start Kernow offers free, confidential support, friendship and practical help to parents of children under five in Cornwall who are going through a difficult time.

Being a parent, whatever your situation, can be very difficult, especially when children are young. Many parents feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the stresses of family life, particularly if they have little support from family and friends when they need it most.

For some parents it’s a particular struggle because they are also having to cope with issues such as post-natal depression, their or their child’s illness or disability, isolation or multiple births.

That’s when parents need support. That’s when Home-Start Kernow can help. Support is offered through homevisiting and groups via a network of trained volunteers, all under the supervision of a small staff team.

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Go Beyond

What your donations could provide:

  • £10: a trip to go rock pooling and sandcastle building at the beach with an ice cream;
  • £50: year-round maintenance of our kitchen gardens;
  • £100 a day trip to a local beauty spot.

Go Beyond is the charity giving children and young people facing serious challenges in their lives the chance for a break that lasts a lifetime.

Go Beyond’s expert staff and committed volunteers give children and young people who have been bereaved, abused or bullied, who are living in poverty or caring for loved ones the chance to escape their worries and pressures. To have the moments and experiences they need to believe in themselves and think beyond the day-to-day for a bigger, brighter future. Every break is totally free-of charge for the children and young people.

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Baby Basics Cornwall

What your donations could provide:

  • £4: provides a pack of nappies;
  • £11: provides a Moses Basket mattress;
  • £15: provides a set of bottles;
  • £30: provides a cot or cotbed mattress.

Baby Basics Cornwall, set up by the Tribute Cluster (Menheniot, St Cleer, Pensilva, and Quethiock churches), provides vulnerable families with the essentials for children up to five years across Cornwall.

We also provide family toiletry packs (including shower gel, period products, toothbrush and paste, and toddler and baby items) to families.

Many of our items are preloved donations, but we need to buy brand new mattresses for cots and moses baskets, and brand new bottles.

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The PZ@PZ Playzone

What your donations could provide:

  • £10: supports a weekend sessional craft and meal for a parent and child;
  • £20: supports a Feast Night for Families Session for a family of 4;
  • £25: supports a half term of sessions for a young teenage leader.

In this unprecedented economic crisis, Penlee Cluster of Churches continues its commitment to families in the area by providing free meals and play sessions each week day evening.

In an area with some of the highest deprivation figures in Cornwall, we offer a safe, much valued indoor play space as well as a place where parents, grandparents and carers can meet and be supported.

We are also offering local teenagers experiences of leadership to encourage self-confidence and raise aspirations: ways to help their employability. Help us to support and encourage our families and build resilience in a warm caring space each week day evening, as well as Saturday and Sunday sessions.

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The Boundless Trust

What your donation could help provide:

  • £5: For a craft activity for 12 children;
  • £20: A Kayak lesson;
  • £30: An hour with a Forest School leader.

Boundless Trust runs weekly youth clubs and holiday activities from our dedicated youth centre in Looe.

We aim to provide a safe space where young people can get support, have fun and learn new skills. The young people are given opportunity to experience a range of activities promoting fitness and wellbeing. During the holidays children and young people are provided with a delicious nutritious meal where many who are reliant on Free School Meals during term time would otherwise miss out.

We are also working with other community partners to provide a skatepark in Looe. We are grateful for your support and help in providing this vital service in Looe.

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Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care in an integral part of our diocese life.