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Where To Turn over the Christmas holiday period 2022

Where To Turn over the Christmas holiday period 2022
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 

Community Support Organisations 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 is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm (from 9.30am on Wednesdays and to 4.30pm on Fridays)  on 01609 780780 (closed for routine enquiries on 25 - 27 December and 1 - 2 January). 

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.

Age UK's advice line is a free, confidential national phone service for older people, their families, friends, carers and professionals.
Age UK Advice Line: 0800 678 1602.  Lines are open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year.

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 adults over 18 living in County Durham, Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire and York. More information at 
Information about children’s crisis services is here.

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   
Contact 0800 1111 or visit 

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 1pm – 4pm Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays 
The National 24 hours helpline is 0808 2000 247 

The Citizens Advice North Yorkshire Adviceline has a limited emergency service available for very urgent queries on all days except Bank Holidays from 10am until 2pm.
The Adviceline number is 0808 278 7900.
You may have a wait to get through, but the call is free so please queue or try again a bit later.
Online advice is available 24/7 at 

Harrogate Borough Council – Christmas and New Year Useful Information 

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

North Yorkshire County Council Christmas and New Year opening times

Including libraries and recycling centres 

Please also see our Cost of Living Support and Warm Spaces pages. 

Updated 20 December 2022