Cornish Christmas Giving Catalogue 2021

The CIPF Cornish Christmas Giving Catalogue provides an opportunity to give a gift of hope to someone in Cornwall at Christmas by giving a gift of love to friends and family.

You can choose to donate to one or more organisation, providing a much needed gift for those in need, and a certificate can be sent to a family member or friend, celebrating the gift given on their behalf.

Each year the catalogue features a number of charitable organisations and all of Cornwall’s Foodbanks. You can download the catalogue in PDF form or browse the entries on this page.

Select one (or more) of the organisations in the year’s edition and decide where and how much you wish to donate. When you’re ready visit our donation page here to process your order.

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Projects, Community Groups and Organisations in this Year’s Catalogue

Harbour Housing

Harbour Housing provides accommodation, advice and support to those experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness across Cornwall. The charity has ten properties across the county and also runs an outreach service to prevent those vulnerably housed in the community from losing their accommodation. Harbour’s programme of support and activities is varied and includes counselling sessions, art classes, volunteering on its small holding, excursions and educational courses.

What your donation could help provide:
£15.00 will pay for a podiatrist appointment.
£20.00 will pay for a Food Safety or First Aid course to up-skill residents.
£40.00 will pay for a welcome pack for new clients.

Cornwall Refuge Trust

Cornwall Refuge Trust provides a safe supportive environment for men, women and children who have escaped domestic abuse. The Trust has developed and provides a place of safety for up to 6 women and 14 children in need of escape from domestic abuse. They also now support male victims of domestic abuse and provide refuge accommodation for up to 5 men and their children. These families are likely to have fled their home with short notice and therefore arrive with little more than they are wearing. The items listed below are crucial when they leave.

What your donation could help provide:
£25.00 Saucepans, plates & bowls, cutlery
£30.00 An overnight bag for personal items

Truro Homeless Action Group

Truro Homeless Action Group (THAG) provides a warm welcome, food and shelter and a regular and safe place for the homeless and vulnerably housed to meet. Around 35 volunteers regularly give two hours a week to provide free cooked breakfasts, seven days a week, 365 days a year. On Christmas Day and Box Day we offer a turkey lunch with all the trimmings.

This year’s donations will go towards helping us provide breakfasts (£1.50/person) and the Christmas Day and Boxing Day lunches (£6/person).

As well as food, THAG also provides toiletries, flasks, razors, thermals in winter, along with socks, gloves, hats, scarves and underwear plus, of course sleeping bags and rucksacks.

Gershie Project

The Gershie Project aims to help people who are lonely, socially excluded, rurally isolated and people whose lack of interaction with others is negatively impacting upon their lives. The project, which is named after one of the founders of the CIPF, a lady who lived to help others, aims to provide a safe, welcoming space where these people can come together, chat and interact. The project is staffed by volunteers who provide a welcome, support and signposting for agency services. Where the project needs support is help towards the costs of providing a safe and welcoming place.

What your donation could help provide:
£10.00: Equipment for activities
£20.00: A welcoming space for one week

Backpack Beds

Backpack Beds provide shelter that can help improve the lives of people who face the prospect of rough sleeping on the streets of Cornwall. CIPF has distributed over 200 Backpack Beds, in conjunction with key partners who provide support for the homeless in the county.

Backpack Beds are more durable and cost effective than standard sleeping bags and blankets while being lightweight and fully waterproof.

Each Backpack Bed costs £90 so all donations are very welcome.

Backpack Beds are not the permanent solution to preventing or relieving homelessness; but Backpack Beds do offer a simple short-term solution to help vulnerable people take the first steps away from rough sleeping.

Growing Links CIC’s Street Food Project

Growing Links CIC’s Street Food Project (SFP) is a hot meal service that operates seven night’s a week, 365 days a year. This volunteer-led service was created to support Penzance’s homeless and/or vulnerably housed, as well as families and individuals suffering from poverty. It is not unusual to serve 40 guests a night. SFP volunteers cook hearty and nutritious food nightly and use the meal service to engage with members of our community who often feel marginalised by their circumstances.

What your donation could help provide:
• £80: The cost of one night’s entire meal service
• £20: One weekly shopping bag for those experiencing food poverty
• £10: Four hot meals

St Petrocs

St Petrocs believes homelessness shouldn’t be an issue in our society today. We are working to end homelessness in Cornwall. We do this by providing accommodation, support and advice to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Our work primarily changes the lives of those we support by creating a foundation to move forward.

Your support will help end homelessness in Cornwall. This support makes it possible for St Petrocs to provide the services and support to people experiencing homelessness in Cornwall.

What your donation could help provide:
• £10: A personal hygiene pack to include essential toiletries
• £25: A client with a new pair of boots
• £35: Cutlery, crockery & small electricals for someone’s new home

First Light

We are a ‘First Light’ for anyone in Cornwall reaching out for help with sexual violence and domestic abuse. With your help, our skilled frontline workers and volunteers can support more individuals starting their journey to recovery.

Help us keep individuals and families safe from harm and abuse. Your donation will support enquiries from concerned family and friends, and from individuals needing help in a time of crisis and support to recover from trauma, like Charlie: “I can never forget what happened, but you taught me that I am stronger”

What your donations could provide:
• £10: Can help recruit a volunteer mentor
• £20: Can provide critical support to someone calling our domestic abuse helpline
• £30: Could pay for a therapy session to help an adult or child recover from abuse

Rame Community Kitchen

Rame Community Kitchen supports people in crisis on the Rame Peninsula, south east Cornwall. We supply frozen meals cooked by our own chefs as well as fresh and tinned/dry food. We use food chain surplus wherever we can and donations from shops, businesses and the public including allotment veg.

Our Trust runs local one-to-one support (welfare, benefits, debt, mental health) so we know the effect Covid has had on our community. The need for support with food is huge – we are currently feeding over 160 people three times a week.

What your donation could help provide:
• £10: pays the ingredients for meals for three people over a week
• £25: pays for our full-scale Christmas Dinner delivery, everything included

Cornwall Community Foundation

CFF aims to improve the lives of others in Cornwall, those who are isolated, disadvantaged and vulnerable. As a foundation, we have the expertise and local knowledge to help donors support the local causes and charities they care about, enabling them to make an impact through their giving.

The CFF’s Crisis Fund makes small awards, usually £30 but up to a maximum of £90, to the most vulnerable individuals within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, who are suffering immediate hardship.

All donations are welcome

Cornwall Prayer Shawls

Wanting to do something to help reach out to the lonely, socially excluded and the homeless and inspired by the Prayer Shawl Ministry in America, Jackie Holden and a small team of knitters started Cornwall Prayer Shawls.

Before beginning each shawl, prayers and blessings are imbued into the yarn. The prayers continue throughout the knitting of the shawl and upon completion, a final blessing is offered, before the shawl is given to someone in need. Some shawls are intended for specific recipients, identified by Jackie. Other shawls are made to help people in need, including those who find themselves homeless in Cornwall. The hope being that all feel unconditional embrace of God’s love.

What your donation could help provide:
• £5: One shawl made from standard yarn
• £10: One shawl made from high quality yarn

Samaritans of Cornwall at Truro

In today’s increasingly stressful and hectic world, more and more people are looking to Samaritans as a means of helping them cope with day to day issues, crises and disasters.

Run entirely by volunteers and funded from donations and fund raising, Samaritans of Cornwall at Truro is the only branch of this organisation based solely in the Duchy. We are available via phone, email, text, SMS and face to face.

Whatever the caller wants to discuss, Samaritans offer a confidential, non-judgmental space to explore what is going on. It costs £50,000 a year to run the Truro branch. We rely entirely on donations to maintain our services.

What your donation could help provide:
• £5: Keeps the branch open for one hour
• £10: Helps us train a new volunteer

Hidden Help

Our mission at Hidden Help is to redistribute essential household goods to those in desperate need within our community. Our team of volunteers collect unwanted donated domestic items such as fridges, beds and bedding, toasters, kettles, sofas, chairs and tables; indeed all the essentials that make up a home. Our Hidden Help warehouse is the hub from which we distribute to individuals and families in need, assisting them in rebuilding their lives.

Our fundraising to date has enabled us to purchase a larger van, in addition to our smaller vehicle, meaning that we can be more strategic in our deliveries, offering more agility in our response to calls for larger items or smaller electricals and essentials.

What your donation could help provide:
• £10: Pays for a delivery
• £23: Pays to DBS check a volunteer to deliver to our vulnerable clients

The Haven

Our coastal towns often evoke memories of sun, ice-creams and a paddle in the clear blue sea. For many local families they are places of low paid, seasonal work with zero hour contracts. Young people often don’t have the money or resources to enjoy many of the opportunities that visitors can afford.
To address this need Boundless Trust a new youth and community charity was formed. Based in Looe, Cornwall our aim is to open up opportunities for all to live life to the full. One of the key ways in meeting our aims to provide a dedicated youth centre ‘The Haven’. With the generous backing of local Christian charity Rusty Bucket we provide a safe space where young people can get support, have fun and learn new skills.

What your donation could help provide:
• £5: Tea & toast for 10 students
• £10: Self-esteem kayaking trip
• £45: An extra 3 hours of dedicated youth worker time.

Rebuild South West

Rebuild South West, run by ex-military personnel, works with individuals to restore lives, rebuild properties, and bring social improvement.
Activities range from tailored coaching courses for local authorities and organisations, through to ambitious full-scale renovation and rebuild projects empowering individuals with new skills and life changing experiences.

A team of skilled tradespeople provide project management, renovation work and training expertise to support education, training and development as well as offering their experience in delivering safe and affordable accommodation. The social and financial impact achieved by the renovation of just one empty house or flat is immense for so many.

What your donation could help provide:
• £10: Personal Protective Equipment and course refreshments
• £30: A day placement with the Rebuild South West team

Newquay Orchard

Newquay Orchard is a beautiful 7 acre community space for people and nature. Designed to provide environmental education, employability training and community events; it is an urban greenspace welcome to everyone. Demand for the support we offer through our volunteering and training has grown significantly as we have shown Newquay Orchard can help people improve their mental health, regain their confidence, learn new skills and get back to work.

2021 has seen our infrastructure grow and now we have a roof over our heads with the Kowel Gwenen community building completed. We’re excited to see how we can continue to support our community in 2022 and the wildlife and environment that surrounds us.

What your donation could help provide:
• £15: Gardening tools for volunteers
• £25: A pair of steel toe cap books
• £30: A session with one of our Change Coaches
• £50: A new tree at the orchard

The Pz@Pz Playzone

The Penlee Cluster of Churches continue their commitment to families and young people in a town with some of the highest deprivation figures in Cornwall.

The Pz@Pz PlayZone offers a safe much valued indoor space for children to play and for parents, grandparents and carers to meet and be offered support. Covid 19 means we have to run differently and need extra funds for cleaning and for new appropriate equipment.

During Summer 2021 we ran our Holiday Club for vulnerable children. We especially focus on offering local teenagers experiences of leadership to encourage self-confidence and raise aspirations.

What your donations could provide:
£20: Extra cleaning required to keep the Playzone safe against Covid 19
£25: A week at holiday club including breakfast and lunch

Cornwall Advocacy

Established in 2003, we are an independent charity providing free specialist advocacy for people with learning disabilities in Cornwall. We are working to empower people with learning disabilities to have their voices heard, and make choices and decisions about their lives.

Our mission is to provide support for children, young people and adults with a learning disability in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly to enable them to take more control over their lives.

We provide one to one advocacy covering a range of issues for individuals. For instance, we are supporting people to move forward and recover from the pandemic, and to identify what is important to them. We also host advocacy groups, including creative advocacy using arts and crafts. We attend local forums and meetings to help represent the views of people in our local communities.

What your donations could provide:
• £10: Will enable us to provide a telephone support session to someone who needs information about their rights and support to speak out.

Quiet Connections

Quiet Connections helps people experiencing social anxiety with developing strategies to overcome that feeling of not being good enough & the tendency to withdraw and fearfully hide themselves away. With our support, people are exploring and embracing the strengths of their quieter qualities, and practising their ability to express themselves, while redefining what it means to be ‘quiet’ as part of a community of people on the same path.

We are a social enterprise run by coaches with first-hand experience offering 1:1 support, suicide interventions, courses and connecting gatherings. Our aim is to help people to show up confidently as their true self, feel a sense of belonging & grow to love their true quiet nature.

What your donation could help provide:
£5-£10: Refreshments for Participants
£25: Suicide Intervention Training
• £30: A 1:1 Session

All Saints Church Community Centre, Tuckingmill

The Community Centre provides grass root community support for all vulnerable people within the community, including crisis support, counselling, mental health first aid and suicide prevention support, advocacy and run a community larder. We work with at risk individuals, whether from abuse, being street homeless, or at risk of self harm. We are running many new projects, groups, activities and services in response to increased need and have recently employed counsellor and sessional workers.

What your donations could provide:
• £15: helps fund one hour for vulnerable people to work with a community or sessional worker
• £25: helps fund counselling support for people who can not move on with their lives due to bereavement and loss, or mental ill health
• £50: helps fund gardening activities for vulnerable people to do community gardening, grow food together and gain improved physical, mental and social wellbeing

Cornish Foodbanks

At Christmas, most food banks also provide presents for the children of families suffering from food poverty. The demand for food parcels during the past six months has at least doubled and food banks now serve all the towns and surrounding villages throughout Cornwall.

Cornish Food Banks continue to provide food parcels to those families and individuals that have low incomes and cannot afford basic groceries. Our food banks also provide food for children during the school holidays and also provide baby food and baby provisions, washing products, fuel vouchers and pet food.

Our foodbanks are:

Bude, Callington, Camborne, Pool & Redruth, Hayle, Helston, Launceston, Liskeard & Looe, Newquay, Penryn & Falmouth, St Austell, St Ives, Saltash, Truro, Wadebridge, and Penzance.

You can donate to any individual Cornish Food Bank or split your donation between all of them.

What your donation could help provide:
£10: A day’s food for a family of four.
£25: A week’s food for a family of four.
• £110: Food for a month for a family of four.

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