1.Caring at Christmas.
Every year the Caring in Bristol team up to feed the less fortunate a full roast dinner on Christmas Day and warm food throughout the holiday period. This year they will be taking over the Trinity Centre and Julian Trust Night Centre from 23rd December to 1st January providing shelter, food, warmth, company, activities as well as emotional and medical support. To top it all off, providing the culinary know-how this year will be some of Bristol’s top chefs, headed up by The Pony & Trap’s Josh Eggleton, with food being supplied from Fareshare Southwest and The Community Farm.
2. Buy your tree from the Aid Box Community Christmas shop.
Bristol’s flagship refugee and asylum seeker support charity, Aid Box Community have set up a pop-up Christmas shop selling Christmas trees and raising money for the charity. You can find their shop on Chelthenham Road, or alternatively for an extra £5 you can order yours online here and have it delivered to your door.
3. Volunteer at your local Food Bank.
Foodbanks can be found all across the city, they are always looking for donations and almost always need volunteers too, find your nearest one here.
4. Give a meal to someone less fortunate than yourself.
There’s a brand new Bristol based initiative called the Billy Chip, allowing you to purchase a token on top of your meal which has a monetary value on for that business card, like a gift card – you can then give this token to anyone to then use at participating businesses in the city. Whilst it’s early days for Billy Chip, they’re gaining a lot of support around the city and growing at a fast pace, check out which businesses are already involved in this initiative here.
5. Salvation Army Present Appeal.
This initiative focuses on young people, offering Christmas presents for children up to the age of 16. Take a look at their suggested gifts and where you can drop them off here.