How You Can Help Your Community This Christmas

Posted on the 3rd December 2020

Are you looking for a way you can help the community this Christmas?

We have comprised a list of great initiatives helping people during the festive season that you can get involved in. You can give a gift, donate food, or chip in anyway you can to brighten someone’s Christmas. There is a great variety of Stockport charities in the list including Age UK, Handy Ladies and Stockport Together.

If you think you could benefit from one of these services, we are also providing information on how you can use them or apply.

Give a Gift This Christmas

Handy Ladies 

Handy Ladies Feeding the Community is a group making 500 free meals for the community each week. This Christmas they will be distributing gifts too. Please drop off any gift or chocolate donation to St Cuthbert’s Church SK8 2DT on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday from 9am to 1pm.

They would also be grateful for cash donations towards the project. Click here for their Go Fund Me page.

Want to help in another way? They are also looking for volunteer drivers. You can contact them on their Facebook Page for more details.

If you are in need of meals or gifts (all ages), call 07895435232 or email

Win stockport winter warmer packs to handy ladies

Buy a Gift for a Male Struggling with Mental Health 

Gift donations for males aged 18+. These will be going to men who are in temporary accommodation, isolation, impacted by mental health, loneliness. Click here to donate via Amazon; these donations will be sent to our Head Office for distribution. If you would like to donate a gift in person you can do so by dropping it off at our cafés in Vernon & Etherow park.

Pure Insight

Donate a gift to someone leaving care via Amazon Smile. Simply follow the link and purchase a gift of your choosing. Please click here.

We would also be grateful for food donations for Pure Insight care leavers. Please take them to Prospect House, SK7 5DA.

If you are a care leaver and would like to apply for this service call 0161 804 4410 or email

Sarah with Insight collecting buckets

Age UK

Age UK Stockport is providing gift packages to adults with a special focus on older people this Christmas. If you would like to donate to this lovely cause please click here.

Apply to receive support from Age UK this Christmas by calling 0161 480 1211.

Stockport Together

Stockport Together is collecting donations of food and gifts. Drop-off point is Heaton Norris Community Centre Monday & Fridays from 10am – 12pm. For more information on what is needed please visit their website.

Please apply before date 11th December. Call 07376 341 092 or email with full name, address, number of children, and number of adults. Also, please provide a reason why you would need a gift hamper or weeks supply of food this Christmas.

The Giving Tree

If you’d like to donate a gift to a child in need this Christmas, take a tag from The Giving Tree and purchase a gift. The Giving Tree is located outside Specsavers in Stockport Town Centre. Gifts can be placed in the donation bin near the tree or dropped off at the centre management suite up until the 15th December. Thank you for your support.

Food banks

Stockport Food bank

You can donate food at check-out at the following supermarkets:

If you wish to donate to Stockport Food bank online. Please click here!

For more information on how to use the food bank please call 07483115349 or email free phone 08082082138.

Chelwood Food bank

Donate via their website. Just click here!

Stockport County – Food for Children

Click here to donate to their cause!

Cherry Tree Project

The Cherry Tree project is collecting food donations every Thursday outside The Guywood. They are now also taking donations of money. Click here to see their Go Fund Me page.

For more information about the service please email: Email or go to their Facebook page.

Pure Cafés

Etherow Park Café and Vernon Park Café are drop-off points for the following:

  • Canned food, dried goods and Christmas chocolates for primary school children
  • Men & women’s toiletries to be shared to several different organisations
  • Gifts for all ages to be shared over several different organisations

Don’t forget, you can also receive a free hot drink & selection box for children, paid for by other customers. Simply pop into the café and pick a post-it note from the board and staff will serve you.

Two staff wearing hygiene face coverings behind the counter at Etherow Park Cafe

COVID-19 Safety Advice

In general, donations should be wiped down with disinfectant when received and kept in quarantine for three days. Flowers and soft furnishings, like cushions, are not recommended. Clothes need to be quarantined for three days, and then washed on a high temperature using a biological washing powder.

Merry Christmas!

Our warm thanks to all who donate to these great causes. If you are using any of these services we hope it makes your Christmas all the more merry. It’s been a tough year and now more than ever it is important to give back and also receive any kindness we are blessed with.

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