Cornish Christmas Giving Catalogue 2022

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 supported accommodation and outreach services across Cornwall for those who experience, or who are at risk of, homelessness. Harbour Housing also operates numerous services, including a specific pathway dedicated to hospital discharge patients who haven’t got anywhere else to go and women escaping domestic abuse and sexual violence.

What your donation could help provide:
£15.00 will pay for a podiatrist appointment.
£20.00 will pay for a hooded towel (for those taking part in the cold water swimming activity).
£40.00 will pay for a move-in pack (when entering our services).

Cornwall Refuge Trust

Cornwall Refuge Trust provides a safe supportive environment for men, women and children who have escaped domestic abuse. They offer support and advice, empowering survivors of domestic abuse for a safer and happier future. The Trust provides refuge accommodation for up 6 women and their children and also supports male victims of domestic abuse, providing refuge accommodation for up to 5 men and their children.

What your donation could help provide:
£25.00 Saucepans, plates & bowls, cutlery
£30.00 Essential items of clothing on arrival in refuge

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.

Home-Start Kernow

Home-Start Kernow offers free, confidential support, friendship and practical help to parents of children under 5 in Cornwall who are going through a difficult time. Support is offered through home-visiting and groups via a network of trained volunteers, all under the supervision of a small staff team.

What your donation could help provide:
£5.00: Healthy snacks for babies and toddlers at our groups
£10.00: support for a new mum struggling with postnatal depression
£25.00: funding towards specialist speech & language support for children born during the pandemic.

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 £100 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.

Food Troops CIC

Food Troops provides food education and surplus food parcels for families in and around Redruth. Our educational food-focused workshops encourage healthy eating within the family, increasing a range of fruit and veg in our diets and bring the community together through good food and sharing of skills and experiences. 

We operate from our community kitchen and garden in Redruth where we distribute surplus food otherwise destined for landfill and grow our own range of organic fruit and vegetables to be used in our workshops and cooked up into nutritious meals for people in need. 

What your donation could help provide:
£10: Will purchase a weeks worth of ingredients for our community.
• £20:
Will purchase children’s cookery equipment and educational resources.
Will go towards the building of a new greenhouse to increase our veg production

St Petrocs

St Petrocs acts as the last line of defence against someone having to sleep outside.

Where people find themselves pushed into homelessness, we act quickly to use our outreach and resettlement services to secure appropriate accommodation. Our residential services offer accommodation with support to provide a foundation for individuals to build on, towards independent living.

What your donation could help provide:
• £15: An emergency care package including essential toiletries
• £30: A bed for the night in our emergency accommodation service
• £100: A series of individual support sessions to discuss housing options & referrals for suitable, secure accommodation.

First Light’s Domestic Abuse Helpline

First Light supports anyone in Cornwall affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence. Our helpline is on hand for individuals needing help in a time of crisis or to get support to recover from their experience, and for concerned family or friends. It’s imperative that when that person has made the brave decision to call First Light, that we are there to answer that call, and that they feel listened to, believed and supported.

Help us create a safer Cornwall, where every adult and child can live free from sexual violence and domestic abuse.

What your donations could provide:
• £10: Alarmed door wedge & personal alarm
• £30: A therapy session to help an adult or child recover from abuse.
• £80: Fund a helpline support worker for a day.

Rame Community Kitchen

Rame Community Kitchen supports people in crisis on the Rame Peninsula, south east Cornwall.

The kitchen is stocked from supplies from local shops, chain surplus, Fareshare, local businesses and the public including allotment veg. We are a club, users are members actively encouraged to join in. Many also volunteer at our hub. As the cost of living crisis continues we often struggle to meet demand.

What your donation could help provide:
• £5: will fill 2 bags of food for a family in need
• £10: will buy enough fresh eggs to help feed 10 families.
• £50: will help stock our larder for a week.

Cornwall Community Foundation

CCF 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 CCF’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

Hidden Help is a charity which supports those most in need in Cornwall to create a home by recycling, upcycling and redistributing furniture and household items from the local community.

We help those seeking refuge from domestic violence, the poorest, the homeless and long term unemployed etc. referred to us by social services and other bodies, and fit out their empty space, including carpets on concrete floors, to give them some dignity and to help create a home.

We also support our volunteers and clients to reintegrate into society and employment through volunteering and work experience with the charity.

What your donation could help provide:
• £10: Pays for a delivery to a family in the Truro area
• £20: Pays for a delivery to a family in other parts of Cornwall.

The Boundless Trust

The Boundless Trust runs weekly youth clubs and holiday activities from our dedicated youth centre in Looe.

We aim to provide a safe space where young people can get support, have fun and learn new skills. During the holidays children and young people are provided with a nutritious meal where many who are reliant on free school meals during term time would otherwise miss out. We are also working with other community partners to provide a skatepark in Looe.

What your donation could help provide:
• £5: For a craft activity for 12 children
• £10: Self-esteem climbing wall activity
• £30: An hour with a forest school leader.

Fishermen’s Mission

The Fishermen’s Mission maintains a Christian presence in the UK’s fishing communities, in order to provide, regardless of race or creed, practical, welfare and spiritual support to active and retired fisherman and their families.

They are the only national charity that works solely to help fishermen and their families, and for over 130 years of service, the Fishermen’s Mission has stayed true to their Christian calling with a strong tradition and proud heritage.

What your donation could help provide:
• £15: Support to a fishing family facing a tough Christmas.
• £25: Support to an isolated retired fisherman facing a lonely Christmas
• £50: Support to a grieving fisherman’s partner facing a first Christmas without their loved one.

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. Since planting the first apple tree in 2015, Newquay Orchard has worked with over 850 volunteers to build this community hub. It has become a place where people with different backgrounds, experiences, passions and skills can work together outdoors.

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

In this unprecedented economic crisis, Penlee Cluster of Churches continues its commitment to families in the area by providing free meals and play sessions each week day evening.

In an area with some of the highest deprivation figures in Cornwall, we offer a safe, much valued indoor play space as well as a place where parents, grandparents and carers can meet and be supported.

We are also offering local teenagers experiences of leadership to encourage self-confidence and raise aspirations: ways to help their employability.

What your donations could provide:
• £10: Supports a weekend sessional craft and meal for a parent and child
• £20: Supports a Feast Night for Families Session for a family of 4
• £25: Supports a half term of sessions for a young teenage leader.

No One Goes Hungry

No One Goes Hungry – Probus and Surrounding Area, supports people in the mostly rural area between Truro and St Austell. We operate a community larder 4 times a week where anyone can drop in to access free food – a mixture of store cupboard essentials, fresh fruit and veg, supermarket surplus and baby supplies. We are also supported with fresh food from a number of local businesses who donate food to the project.

At Christmas we provide hampers containing everything for a fresh Christmas Dinner for those who request one or are nominated to receive one. We are currently supporting around 150-200 people per week and since the cost of living crisis has hit out numbers are increasing week on week.

What your donations could provide:
• £10: Would supply a baby nappies for a month.
• £25: Would supply a family with a fresh Christmas Dinner
Any amount from £5 to £50 would allow us to purchase essential food items to maintain the larder stock.

CTIPA Penzance Breakfast Project

CTIPA Breakfast Project has been active in supporting homeless and vulnerable people in the community since 1999.

The Project’s aim is to provide a cooked breakfast in a warm, dry and safe place, 5 days a week for people who are homeless in the Penzance area.

It’s base in the Breadline Centre, a resource centre for the St Petroc’s organisation, means that there is access to advice and support from St Petroc’s staff.

What your donation could help provide:
£10: Cooked breakfasts for 5 homeless people.
£25: Cooked breakfast for 15 homeless people

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.

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.

Due to the cost of living crisis, demand for food parcels doubled in the past six months, with fears that demand will continue to increase. Donations, in all our towns and villages, are essential to help those most in need of help.

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.
• £100: Food for a month for a family of four.

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