Available help (and ways to help) this Christmas

Published: 10 December 2018

Christmas is a time for sharing, however, it’s easy to get caught up in gift giving for your nearest and dearest and lose sight of those who need help the most. Whether your family need help this Christmas, or you would like to help others less fortunate, there are a number of charities and projects supporting families in Buckinghamshire.

In this article:

> I need help...

> I want to help...

Disclaimer: this is not a definitive list nor an endorsement for any particular charity or project. If you are a charity who offers help or aid to local families or young people, then register with us for free.


I need help…


Food sharing initiative run across Buckinghamshire. Some require vouchers (obtained via Children's Centres, Health Visitors, Social Workers or your local Citizens Advice) and some run drop-in sessions.

Take a look at local food banks and food sharing initiatives.

Christmas Lunches

If you or someone you know is over 65 and alone on Christmas day, then book in with one of these amazing (most are FREE) Christmas Lunches.

  • St Mary's Church, Aylesbury
  • The Douglas MacMinn, Chesham
  • The Croft, Amersham
  • St Andrews Church, High Wycombe





If you or someone you know is at risk of homelessness or needs help with housing, find support using our new Homelessness and Housing section.

Clothes and Furniture

A variety of local projects offer reasonable quality, second-hand furniture, appliances and clothes to those on the lowest incomes. Some such as The Baby Bank, provide bundles of clothes for babies, toddlers and even children up to the age of 16 (occasionally up to 18 years).

Take a look at Local Clothes and Furniture projects.


The Chiltern Toy Bank is back and open to anyone who lives within Chesham, Amersham and surrounding areas who need help providing toys and gifts to their children. Their online form lets you list your child’s likes and dislikes in order to match them with the most suitable present.

Website: chilterntoybank.org


I want to help….

Mix 96 Toy Appeal

From those suffering from illnesses to those whose family simply don’t have money for presents. Mix 96 has teamed up with local charities to help bring the joy of Christmas to local disadvantaged children. The deadline for donations is the 20 December. Find out more and view present drop off points on The Mix 96 website.

Samaritans | Listening Vouchers 

Making a voucher on the Samaritans website is a great way of letting people know you’re there for them. Add a person’s name, choose a message such as “to a phone call with me, any time” or “to a chat round at yours…” and finally, top it off with a festive image. You can print or email your vouchers, making them a perfect addition to any Christmas card. An optional donation will help Samaritans' volunteers give the gift of listening too.

Local Projects and Initiatives

Our Money, Food and Housing Help page features lots of charitable schemes that depend on donations.

Local Charity Shops

Support your local charity shops by donating and shopping there, they are also a great place for those in need to pick up affordable gifts and presents.

County Council Christmas Present Appeal

Buckinghamshire county council have launched their annual Christmas present appeal to help Buckinghamshire’s vulnerable children and young people. Staff from across the County Council and county councillors are invited to donate Christmas presents throughout December. Find out more about the Christmas present appeal on the council’s website