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Local Authority Services At Christmas & The New Year

Local Authority Services At Christmas & The New Year

Good Samaritan Parish Christmas Dinner


Good Samaritan Parish in Burnley is hosting a free two-course Christmas Day dinner in the parish rooms of St Mary’s Church for those who would otherwise be on their own.


To book a place, please contact Michael Morris by Sunday on 07929 451 566

or Please state your name, telephone number and any dietary requirements.


St. Catherine’s Christmas Dinner


St Catherine’s Church in Burnley is offering its annual free three-course Christmas dinner on Christmas Day to anyone who is on their own or homeless.


Burnley Wood Community Centre


Burnley Wood Community Centre will be open on Christmas Day from 10am for anyone who might be alone. The team is offering people a bite to eat and a brew somewhere warm. Inquiries to


The HUB at Padiham


The HUB at Padiham will be open on Christmas Day for two hours for people who are lonely. They are invited to enjoy a Christmas sandwich, Baileys or hot chocolate, and a mince pie and to pull a cracker from 11am until 1pm. Transportation can be provided if needed. If you know

someone who lives alone and would like a surprise invite, please contact The HUB at Padiham via its Facebook page.


The Loom/The Shift Café


Good cheer is in the air thanks to the Alternative Christmas at The Loom and The Shift Café in Burnley. This special event on Christmas Day is for those who may not have anywhere to go. Meet at The Loom in Bank Parade at noon for Christmas dinner and a drink, then head down to The Shift Cafe for a sing and a dance at around 3pm. All the food is free but donations will be welcome. The bar will be open, but you are welcome to bring your own beer. Please message The Loom on Facebook to book for the Christmas lunch.


Healthier Heroes CIC


Healthier Heroes CIC in Elizabeth Street, Burnley, will be open on Christmas Day to help the homeless and those in need, with support from Curry on The Street. It will open from 6pm at Bancroft House for food, company and to speak with the team. Access is round the back of the building.

Contact details: 07486 572419



BFC in the Community/Burnley Together Foodbank Services

Burnley FC in the Community is working with the Burnley Together community hub to deliver the foodbank element of the facility during these unprecedented times.

If you are in need of a food parcel please call Burnley Together on 01282 686 402 or visit


Pennine Community Credit Union Burnley Branch


PCCU will be open as normal until 4pm on the 23rd December.

We reopen 28th – 30th December and then as normal from Tuesday the 3rd January 2023.   01282 691333

Burnley Branch: 48 St James’s Street, Burnley, Lancashire BB11 1NH


Burnley Pendle and Rossendale CVS

The CVS Centre and Gannow Community Centre are closed from 2 pm 23/12/22 and do not open until 9 am Tuesday 3rd January 2023.


Burnley Borough Council

For services during the festive period, please refer to the website link below.



352 (Burnley) Air Cadets

352(Burnley) air cadets, last parade night is Tuesday 20th December and we will re-open on Friday 13th January 2023 at 1915hrs.

If anyone should need to contact us in the meantime, they can email


New Era Enterprises

Christmas Closing Time: 5.00pm 20th December 2022

New Year Opening Time: 9.00am 3rd January 2023


New Neighbours Together

Our services are as follows:

Our usual opening days are Tuesdays and Thursdays so our last Drop In before Christmas is Thursday 22nd December (Thursday afternoons from 12.30 are women and children only), and we will resume Drop Ins at 9.30am on Tuesday January 3rd.

Emergency help will be available in office hours on Friday 21st December.

We are closed (as usual) at the weekend 24th and 25th and the 2 bank holidays of 26th and 27th December.

Then we will offer emergency help in office hours on 28th, 29th and 30th December for clients in need and closed over the weekend 31st December and 1st January (as usual).

This means there will be no Drop Ins at St. John’s on Tuesday and Thursday between Christmas and New Year, but we have access to quilts/ food/shopping vouchers etc. for clients  and can be contacted during office hours on opening days as above on 07864 841 729(Ruth) or 077510 550 181 (Helen)phone and WhatsApp, or on our email:


West End Community Centre

The centre will be closed from 23rd December to 9th January 2023.


 Brighter Lives North West CIC

Christmas Closing Time: Closed Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th December and Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd January

New Year Opening Time: Open 4th January 9am


Painting & Leisure Society

The Pals Painting and Leisure Society that meets on Thursday nights will not be meeting on the 22nd and 29th December 2022 and the 5th January 2023. We will resume to meet on the Thursday the 12th January 2023 and all Thursdays after that during the New Year. 




The Wellsprings Christmas Lunch


The Wellsprings is calling on any taxi firms or volunteer drivers to help transport vulnerable people to and from their annual Christmas lunch. The Spanish and Mexican restaurant on Pendle Hill has dedicated a table on Christmas Day for up to 10 elderly people who may be spending it alone. The team is offering a free traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, plus a gift, for those nominated for the table. Anyone who can help or would like to nominate someone is asked to ring the restaurant on 01200 427722



Colne Open Door Centre

Colne Open Door Centre is open on Christmas Day morning from 10:30 until 12:00 for a free breakfast sandwich, a hot drink, and a smile.


Pendle Foodbanks

This link lists Foodbanks in Pendle supporting the local community

Food banks | Food banks | Pendle Borough Council


Pennine Community Credit Union Nelson and Colne Branches

PCCU will be open as normal until 4pm on the 23rd December.

We reopen 28th – 30th December and then as normal from Tuesday the 3rd January 2023.

01282 691333

Nelson Branch: 54 Manchester Road, Nelson, Lancashire BB9 7EJ

Colne Branch: 25 Market St, Colne, Lancashire, BB8 0LJ


Be Free (formerly Pendle Domestic Violence Initiative (PDVI))

Open as usual except for 26th and 27th December and 2nd January.

Office base: Be Free, PO BOX 1135, Nelson, BB9 4EQ 

Office: 01282 726001 | Mobile: 07543 646 959 | Website:



Pendle Borough Council


The Council will be closing at 4pm on Friday 23 December and reopening on Monday 2 January. 

Homelessness services are available over the festive period by contacting the ‘out of office’ emergency number on 01282 661999’ for assistance.


Pendle Food For All

We will close on the 22nd December at 2pm and re-open on the 12th January 2023


Colne Citadel

Open on Fridays 10-1 (Friday 23rd and Friday 30th December)

Serving mince pies, Christmas cake and beverages.

Nattershack is on from 11-1 both Fridays.


Colne Open Door Centre

Christmas Closing Time: Christmas Day 12:30

New Year Opening Time: 3rd January 2023 09:00


Contact details for people should they need it: 01282 860342


Victoria Park Pavilion Community Hub & Café


Please note we will be closed for Christmas from the 19th of December and we’ll re-open at 12:00 on Saturday the 7th of January 2023.


There is no Friendship Café on 23rd December.


There is a Friendship Café Christmas Day special where a free home-cooked meal will be served. Nobody needs to be alone at Christmas. 25th December at 12pm until 2pm.


Contact details:  07894556078




Rossendale Emergency Help with Food & Fuel

Citizen’s Advice now have a direct line for anyone living in the Rossendale who needs emergency support with their fuel supply, a referral for a food parcel or information regarding emergency food provision.

Cost of living crisis in Rossendale | Help with the cost of Living crisis in Rossendale | Rossendale Borough Council

The telephone number for the Food and Fuel Line is: 01706 941877.

Closed from lunchtime 23/12/2022 and re-open on 03/01/2023, this applies to the Food and Fuel line too.


Be Free (formerly Pendle Domestic Violence Initiative (PDVI)), covers Rossendale

Open as usual except for 26th and 27th December and 2nd January.

Office base: Be Free, PO BOX 1135, Nelson, BB9 4EQ 

Office: 01282 726001 | Mobile: 07543 646 959 | Website:


Giddy Kippers Event

Christmas event on Boxing Day at Giddy Kippers play centre in Rawtenstall for the less fortunate families in the area with free play, Christmas food and a visit to Santa.


Burnley Pendle and Rossendale CVS

The Rossendale office at the ABD Centre is closed from 2 pm 23/12/22 and do not open until 9 am Tuesday 3rd January 2023.


Rossendale Borough Council


Thursday Lunch Club

Our Thursday Lunch Club (formerly Reminiscence Café, Bacup) at the AB&D Centre, Bacup is now closed for Christmas and will re-open on Thursday 5th January 2023, 12:15pm to 2:15pm.


Rossendale Refugee Support Group (Wednesday drop-in)

Wednesday 21st December: open as usual 10.30-12.30  (including art session 11-12 with artist Keith Parkinson)

Thursday 22nd December; PARTY! 2pm-6pm, at The Boo, 679 Bacup Road, Waterfoot BB4 7HB

Wednesday 28th December: closed 

(If you need help over the Christmas period, you can still contact us through our WhatsApp group or contact Alison: 07930 351270)

Wednesday January 4th and then every Wednesday: open 10.30-12.30 as usual



Open as usual throughout Christmas with the exception of Boxing Day.


The Greater Good Project CIC

Christmas Closing Time: 21st Dec 

New Year Opening Time: 9th Jan

No sessions over the Christmas period – we only run theatre workshops for children on the HAF programme over Christmas. 





Ribble Valley Borough Council



Hyndburn Borough Council



Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council



Warm Spaces

This link for Lancashire’s Warm Spaces over the festive period; Find a Warm Welcome Space Today


Hyndburn and Ribble Valley CVS

Closed from 22.12.22 and reopen on 03.01.23.

01254 888614  


Community CVS (Blackburn with Darwen)

Closed from 12:00 23.12.22 and reopen on 03.01.23 at 9 am.


Christians Against Poverty Debt Advice

Closed from 15:30pm on 23/12/22, re-open on 03/01/23 at 09:30am

CAP UK | Home 0800 328 0006




Citizens Advice Bureau Lancashire

The Help to Claim service will operate through the National helpline (0800 144 8 444) and webchat through the Universal Credit pages on our website.

Range of support includes Help to Claim, Foodbanks, Debt Advice, Household Support Fund.

Help to Claim for Universal Credit (0800 144 8 444)

Advice Line for general advice (0800 144 8848)


Hyndburn Food Support

For support with food visit the Maundy Relief Website at Home – Maundy Relief

The Hyndburn Food Pantry

The Hyndburn Pantry is one of over 130 Affordable Food Clubs being supported and developed by Feeding Britain.

The Hyndburn Food Pantry – Feeding Britain



Ribble Valley Foodbank

For opening times please check the Ribble Valley Council website.,

email and mobile 07849 534431.


Blackburn Foodbank


Closing date for any referrals will be by close of play Monday 12th December with all Christmas Dinner parcels to be collected on Friday 23rd December exclusively.


Our opening hours in the week leading up to Christmas will be: 

Monday 19th December 10-4 (standard picks) 

Wednesday 21st December 10-4 (standard picks)  

Friday 23rd December 9-4 (Christmas Dinner parcels exclusively)


Blackburn with Darwen Homelessness Services

Providing food and accommodation for rough sleepers with a local connection to the borough, will not deal with out of area individuals.

Available throughout the festive period.

01254 585444


Christmas and New Year Wellness walks


For people living in Darwin, these sessions are particularly aimed at people in recovery or affected by addiction and people who struggle with mental health and feeling isolated. Help people have a break and feel supported with a gentle walk and possibility of making friends. 




For more details contact



Safe for ALL at The Emily Davison Centre – 0330 1343434

A free, confidential helpline, staffed by qualified and experienced experts in the domestic abuse sector. It is a new initiative, in that no details will be taken or logged about the caller, making it completely anonymous, unlike most other confidential helplines. These professionals also speak a variety of languages prominent in Lancashire such as English, Punjabi, Urdu. – Open to all. Closes for Christmas on 23rd December taking referrals up to 21st December.

Also having a Wellness Day with food on the 28th December for people who don’t have children. This week is the last week for referrals before Christmas.

Loving me are closing on the 23rd December for Christmas.




Mindsmatter is business as usual over Christmas and New Year. We consider referrals from anyone 16 and over with common mental health problems and can offer free, brief therapy across the LSCFT patch.


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