You Are Not Alone


I know that for some people Christmas is a difficult time of year but you are not alone,  I thought i'd share a list of helpful numbers and websites you can go to over this Christmas period.

MIND

Website www.mind.org.uk

Tel No   0300 123 3393

Samaritans

Website  www.samaritans.org

Tel No      116 123 

Alcoholics Anonymous



Tel No     0800 9177650 

Stonewall


Website    www.stonewall.org.uk

Info line 08000 50 20 20 


London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard

Tel No    0207 837 7324

SANELine

Website   www.sane.org.uk

Tel No     0300 304 7000

Papyrus, Prevention of young suicide


Website  www.papyrus-uk.org 

National self-help body for the Transgender community

Beaumont Society


Information Line 01582 412220


Childline




Depression Alliance



Refuge

Website   www.refuge.org.uk

Tel No     0808 2000 247

Beat
Beating eating disorders.


Help line 0345 634 1414
Youth Line 0345 634 7650

Shelter
Website  www.shelter.org.uk
Tel No    0808 800 4444

NHS Direct

1111 

No Panic

Tel No  0844 967 4848
youth helpline     01753 840393

Oxfam Unwrapped


Every year at Christmas we all spend a fortune on cards and gifts. Cards that will be put in the recycling as soon as Christmas is over, gifts that you're unsure the recipient will even like.

At work we've removed the hassle of buying and writing Christmas cards by choosing to purchase Oxfam Unwrapped gifts. This year is the second year we've done this and because you're purchasing a gift rather than just donating to charity, you know where your money is going and that it is helping people. This year we purchased honey bees, 2 chickens, and safe water for 10 people.

Oxfam Unwrapped also makes a great gift for the person who has everything, or the person who would appreciate a gift to charity rather than a gift for themselves. There are so many different gifts to choose from, that you can easily find something that suits your recipient such as a goat for the animal lover or a pile of poo for the gardener.



Last year we gave the gift of a goat which provides a family with milk, and most often Oxfam will provide a family with a breeding pair of goats allowing them to grow their own herd to use for milk and meat, along with selling the produce to create an income.


Credit - Tom Greenwood, Oxfam GB

When you give the gift of poo, it isn't just poo but is mixed with organic fertiliser. Oxfam also provides the family with training on eco-friendly farming, helping them to grow the best crops to eat and sell.

If you're still looking for a last minute Christmas gift then I recommend taking a look at the gifts offered by Oxfam Unwrapped, and when you purchase a gift they send you a card to give to the recipient with details of their gift.