Kindness at Christmas 

CHRISTMAS BELLSas published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine

Christmas is a time for family and friends to get together and enjoy themselves – but what if you are alone? There are many organizations that offer everything from Christmas stockings to Christmas dinners. People do often find it difficult to accept what they see as ‘charity’
However, try to see it as accepting the spirit of the season and be part of the festivities. If that doesn’t appeal, there are organizations that are there to support you as not everyone finds it a time of fun. It’s also when we remember those we have lost or are estranged from

Open Christmas


Marina Centre
Marine Parade
Great Yarmouth
NR30 2ER
11am to 5pm
OPEN CHRISTMAS GCMOpen Christmas is for anyone who is lonely, homeless, or struggling to make ends meet. You can visit at any time between 11am and 5pm. It’s completely free for all those attending. There is no charge for Christmas lunch, tea, or any refreshments or for any of the entertainment .There is also no need to book to attend – just go whenever you are ready. The same applies to volunteers who are welcome at any time

Free transport (must be booked) via website or call 07928 927053



Volunteers will be available 24/7 as usual. Christmas Day is no exception
SAMARITANSIt is a very special time for volunteers who know that it is a particularly difficult time for many people. Anyone can call “We offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal”
If you are worried about someone, ring and ask for a Third Party Call. They will arrange to ring but can’t tell you the outcome. You can remain anonymous, it’s totally confidential
phone: 116 123 or email:



To Donate: Enter into the spirit of Christmas by donating items for people in need. It’s a great way to remember people you love or do it instead of giving Christmas cards to everyone you know
If you are in need: Great Yarmouth Foodbank is run by a number of churches in the area. Foodbanks work with different frontline professionals, such as doctors, health visitors, social workers and the Citizens Advice, who make referrals to the foodbank using a voucher
What to donate: Cooking facilities may be limited so tins of ready meals, dried foods, instant meals, biscuits, cereal, tea, coffee, sugar, and long life milk are all useful. Toiletries are welcome too. Remember it’s Christmas so a few treats like chocolates and cake would be great. You will be making a difference to adults and children. It’s a sad necessity

Where can you donate in Gorleston:
Gorleston Baptist Church
Lowestoft Road
Mondays 9am -12 noon
Thurs 9am - 12 noon
10.30am - 1pm Light meals served

The Bridge
St Mary Magdalene Church
Magdalen Square
Tues 10am – 1pm

St Andrew’s Parish Church
Church Road

Sun 2pm to 3.30pm during Open Church

Not to forget – a big thank you to all those volunteers who give their time to make a difference at Christmas