Christmas can be a challenging time of year for many of us, through loneliness, the loss of loved ones, mental health problems, money worries and debt.
At Stockport Mind we always try our best to make people aware of what support is available over the Christmas period, to ensure people know of places they can phone, group sessions, or options for free Christmas meals – there is support out there and places you can contact.
We will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and at weekends as normal. On the other working weekdays of the Christmas period, we will be open but with reduced hours.
Our Rendezvous drop-in will run on Thursday 27th December, 12pm-3pm, but at a different location to normal – Stockport Baptist Church, SK3 9DR. Anyone aged 16+ is welcome to come along for a chat.
Members of our Thursday at One art group have been informed of arrangements – if you go to that group and are unsure, please contact us for clarity. The PPS drop-in will run as normal on Friday 28th December for people who attend that.
If you can’t get through to us on the phone during the Christmas period, please leave a message and we will get back to you when we can.
Normal Stockport Mind services will resume from Wednesday 2nd January 2019.
Here are details of other services’ availability over the festive period:
Samaritans – 116 123 or firstname.lastname@example.org – Open 24/7, 365 days of the year. Stockport Samaritans can also offer limited face-face support at Heaton Moor branch. It’s advisable to phone ahead for this and see their website for full details.
The Sanctuary – 0300 003 7029 – Open 365 days of the year, 6pm-1am, if you’re in a crisis.
RAID – 0161 419 5795 – Available 24/7 including Christmas/New Year, for people in crisis and unable to keep themselves safe. Can also be contacted through Stepping Hill switchboard on 0161 483 1010.
Saneline – 0300 304 7000 – National Out of Hours support line, 4.30pm-10.30pm every day of the year.
SPARC – 0161 429 9744 – Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day. Open until 2pm Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Open 27th, 28th and 30th December, reopening with full services Wednesday 2nd January.
Self Help Services (Stockport Psychological Wellbeing Service) – 0161 480 2020 – Closing Christmas Eve and New Years Eve at 3pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day.
The Wellspring – 0161 477 6344 – Open 10am-2pm on 22nd, 23rd and Christmas Day. Open 10am-8pm on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. Open normal hours otherwise.
Women’s Centre – 0161 355 4455 – Closing 5pm 21st December. Reopens 2nd January at 9am.
Beechwood Cancer Care – 0161 476 0384 – Open until 1pm on Christmas Eve, 8.30am-4.30pm on 27th and 28th December, and until 1pm on New Years Eve, if anyone wishes to drop in or phone for support.
Stockport Foodbank – 0161 487 3370 – Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day. Normal hours otherwise.
Disability Stockport – 0161 480 7248 – Closed from 22nd to 26th December and New Years Day. Open otherwise.
Stockport WIN – Closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Open as normal on all other days.
CGL – 0161 474 1343 – Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Open 9-3 on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, open 9-5 on 27th and 28th December.
Age UK Stockport – 0161 480 1211 – Closed 22nd December to 2nd January.
Signpost for Carers – 0161 442 0442 – Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day. Reduced hours on 27th and 28th December.
Stockport Homes – 0161 217 6016 – Main office closes Friday 21st December at 5.30pm, reopening 8am on 2nd January. Other events and campaigns going on at Christmas, details TBC.
ARC – 0161 480 7731 – Closed from 4pm on 21st December, until 10am on 2nd January 2019. Referrals for next block of Arts For Wellbeing outreach sessions (which start mid-January) welcome over Christmas from people experiencing mental health problems and professionals can refer.
TPA – 0161 474 1042 – Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Open 9am-12 noon Christmas Eve, 9.30am-4.30pm on Thursday 27th December, 9.30am-4.00pm on Friday 28th December, 9.30am-1pm New Years Eve, 9.30am-4.30pm on Wednesday 2nd January.
Alcoholics Anonymous – 0800 9177 650 – 24/7 helpline if someone is worried about their own drinking or someone else’s. Open 11am-11pm over Christmas and New Year.
The Silver Line – 0800 470 8090 – Free, confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to people who need to talk, primarily older people. Open 24/7 every day of the year.
Other numbers you could try
Carers UK helpline – 0808 808 7777
Carers Direct – 0300 123 1053
Stockport Adult Social Care Out of Hours Duty Team – 0161 718 2118
The Police (non emergency) – 101
Christmas Day meals/events you could attend
Here are some options we’re aware of:
The Wellspring – Drop-in Christmas dinner, 10am-2pm at Harvey Street, Stockport, SK1 1YD. Also open Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, 10am-8pm, everyone welcome.
Stockport User Friendly Forum – Christmas Day Safe Space, 11am-3pm hosted at Disability Stockport, 23 High Street, SK1 1EG.
St Cuthbert’s “It’s Ok” – St Cuthbert’s Church, Cheadle, SK8 2DT. Contact John Berry 0161 485 3250. Free meal but donations welcome.
Juno – 147 Heaton Moor Road, Heaton Moor, SK4 4HY. Christmas lunch at 12.30pm. Possible transport arrangements can be made. Please book by calling 0161 442 2756 or 07900 200978.
Christ with All Saints Church – All Saints Road, Heaton Norris, SK4 1QA. Contact Jane Cawsey on 07875 774427 or email@example.com
Zaynies – 508 Hempshaw Lane, Offerton, SK2 5TL. 07429 160939 to book, open 12-3pm providing Christmas Dinner for those in need and can arrange deliveries of a Christmas box for those unable to travel.
National Mind have produced these Christmas wellbeing tips which you could take a look at.
The Stockport Review Extra Winter Special is a useful resource which can help with ideas to ‘be winter ready’ and includes it’s own list of useful numbers.
This page gives details of Pharmacies that are open over the festive period.
All information published on this blog post is accurate to the best of our knowledge. Please feel free to let us know if any information is inaccurate.