Kendal Town Council

Help is Here at Christmas – Support in Kendal


Kings Food Bank Kendal

  • Delivers emergency food parcels to people in Kendal and surrounding area.
    See website for list of partners/referral agencies.
  • Tues 22nd, Wed 23rd, Tues 29th, Wed 30th December.
    From 4th January – opening hours back to normal – Tues, Wed & Fri 12 -3pm
  • Contact: Tel: 07534 609179

Waste into Wellbeing (Kendal People’s Café)

  • Food larder style where people can help themselves to fresh food and store cupboard basics – free of charge. Bring your own bag and wear face covering.
  • Festive Food Shares:
    Thursdays 10th & 17th December:
    1pm at Stricklandgate House (opposite Main Post Office) – rear entrance in car park off Library Rd
    4pm at Hallgarth Community Centre
    Thursday 24th December:
    11am at Stricklandgate House
    11am at Hallgarth Community Centre
    For week beginning 28th December, please see Facebook page
  • Contact:

Kirkbarrow Residents Association – food share

Sandylands Residents Association – food share

  • Community food share – open to all – no charge
    Fresh food and store cupboard basics can be collected on set days from 17 Drovers Drive LA9 6FH
    Last day before Christmas – Mon 21st December. Re-opens – Wed 30th December
  • Contact: please phone or see SRA Facebook page for details. Tel: 01539 730810



  • SLDC provide information and advice on housing and Homelessness
  • Office will be closed from 25th to 28th December and from 1st to 3rd January
  • Contact: 01539 733333
    Out of hours emergency numbers: Kendal and Eastern Area: 0870 428 6905


South Lakes Citizens Advice

  • Citizens Advice provide free, confidential, impartial information and advice on benefits, housing, employment and debt. Information and advice available on website
  • Office will be closed from 23rd December to 4th January
  • Contact: Tel: 03444 111 444


Action for Children

  • 0-19 – Child and Family Support Service – South Lakeland. Parent Support Line
  • It’s #Ok2Ask for help if you are struggling over the Christmas holidays. Action for Children staff are available to give information, advice, support and signposting to other services as needed.
  • Contact: Phone and request a call back via phone or MS TEAMs
    Lines open 21st – 24th and 29th – 31st December 10:00am – 5:00pm (until 7:30pm on Wednesdays)
    Tel: 01539 734456


Age UK South Lakeland

  • A range of support and services for older people and their families. Helpline and Resource Centre provide advice, information and can arrange support or signpost to other providers.
  • Helpline will be closed from 25th to 28th December and from 1st to 3rd January
  • Contact number 030 300 30003 from 9am to 4.30pm


Springfield Domestic Abuse Support in South Lakeland

  • Support for people experiencing or recovering from domestic abuse. Call, text or email – leave a message and, if you say it’s safe to do so, you will get a call back.
  • Over the Christmas period telephone support is available;
    Monday 21st & Tuesday 22nd 9-5pm
    Wednesday 23rd 9-3pm
    Thursday 24th 9-1pm
    Closed 25th – 28th December
    Tuesday 29th – Thursday 31st 9-1pm
    Re-opens Monday 4th January
  • Contact: If you need support out of these hours you can call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 24 (24 hours a day.) If you’re in immediate danger, and need urgent support to be safe, please call 999.
    Tel: 01539 726171 or 07415 432357


Samaritans (Furness & South Lakes)

  • Samaritans offer listening and support to people in times of need without judgement or pressure. The free helpline will be operating as usual 24/7 over Christmas and New Year as is the email service.
  • Contact: Call or email day or night Tel: 116 123

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

  • Mental Health Crisis Line available 24/7 and staffed by trained mental health professionals who provide assessment and referrals to appropriate services.
  • Contact:
    Mental Health Crisis Line Tel: 0800 953 0110
    Wellbeing & Mental Health Helpline Tel: 0800 915 4640