Donate Twitter Facebook

Where To Turn over the Christmas holiday period 2021

Where To Turn over the Christmas holiday period 2021
Where To Turn for support over Christmas and New Year  


Food Support

A  food support leaflet for Christmas and New Year has been produced by Harrogate Borough Council listing some of the community food providers, who may also sign post to further assistance. 
Many local charities and volunteer led groups are taking a well-earned break over the holiday period. Please note that in order for people to receive food before Christmas there are cut off dates and these are relevant to donations too so that anything received can be given out in advance of the holiday period. Please check the leaflet for details.

Christmas Day Lunch

As well as the Christmas Day lunch at St Peters in Harrogate included in the leaflet above, there is also free  lunch available in Knaresborough for anyone in need (updates on the Facebook page

Community Support 

Since March 2020, 6 Coronavirus Community Support Organisations across Harrogate District, including our HELP services, have been here to help people in need and isolated by the pandemic, working together with Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council. 

The 6 community support organisations  (CSOs) in Harrogate district will be taking some time off over the Christmas and New Year period, but the North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) Customer Service Centre emergency community support line is available every day from 9am to 5pm on 01609 780780 (closed for routine enquiries on 25-28 December and 1- 3 January). 

There is information about help and support available on the NYCC website 

Local support services and online activities are listed in our searchable HADCA Where To Turn Community Information Directory for Harrogate district 

Services available over the holidays

The Silver Line -  a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including over the festive period. 

Just B ‘Hear to HELP’ Support Line - Just B offers emotional wellbeing support to children, young people and adults in the Harrogate District who may be feeling anxious, low in mood, grieving or lonely. Call 01423 856799 8am - 8pm every day.

Harrogate Samaritans  - The Samaritans want people to know that confidential support is available 24/7, and they are there for everyone this Christmas.

In a mental health emergency, call  0800 0516 171
The line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people of all ages living in County Durham, Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire and York. More information at 

IDAS ( domestic abuse) helpline is open 7 days a week - for North Yorkshire call  03000 110 110
Live chat is available on the IDAS website 3pm – 6pm Monday to Friday including bank holidays 
The National 24 hours helpline is 0808 2000 247 

Harrogate Borough Council – Christmas and New Year Useful Information 

Including bins, parking, things to do, recycling, staying safe and well, emergency contacts 

North Yorkshire County Council Christmas and New Year opening times

Including libraries and recycling centres 


Updated 22 December 2021