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Source: City of Oxford

While much of the country stops for an extra-long Christmas weekend, essential support will still be on offer for those in hardship throughout the festive season.

This year has seen more families and households struggling, but Oxford City Council and community groups have provided support throughout and will be there for anyone in need at Christmas.

The City Council offers support across a range of needs, and can be a first point of contact for Council and non-Council services. Throughout the holiday period there will always be emergency phone cover. To contact the Council call 01865 249 811

For non-emergency calls the Customer Service team are available over the holiday period as follows:

Thurs 24 Dec: 8am – 3.45pm

Fri 25 Dec – Mon 28 Dec: closed

Tues 29 Dec – Wed 30 Dec: 8am – 5pm

Thurs 31 Dec: 8am – 3.45pm

Fri 1 Jan – Sun 3 Jan: closed

Normal service times begin again on Monday 4 Jan.

The Customer Services Centre in St Aldates has recently announced limited reopening. The centre will be closed on Friday 25 Dec, Monday 28 Dec and Friday 1 Jan but will otherwise be open on the new schedule.

There are a number of community groups providing food for those in need. If you are need help with basic food supplies please get in touch with one of the food services below to find out how they can help:

Community Cupboard @ Rose Hill Methodist Church

Open – Wednesday 23rd Dec, Wednesday 30th Dec (13:30 – 15:30)

https://rosehillmethodists.org.uk

Cutteslowe Community Larder @ Cutteslowe Community Centre – 31 Wren Road

Community Larder, Registration required

Open – Wednesday 23rd Dec, Wednesday 30th Dec (14:00 – 16:00)

https://www.facebook.com/Cutteslowe-Community-Larder-101896801560246

Barton Community Association @ Barton Neighbourhood Centre – Underhill Circus

Community Larder, Registration Required

Open – Tuesday 22nd Dec, Tuesday 29th Dec (14:00 – 18:00)

https://www.bartoncommunityassociation.com/community-cupboard/

OX4 Free Food Crew @ Flo’s Place in the Park

Free Hot Meals, must register before attending

Open – Saturday 26th Dec, Wednesday 30th Dec, Saturday 2nd Jan

https://www.flosoxford.org.uk/ox4freefoodcrew/

Nishkam SWAT @ Broad Street Van

Hot Food Collection from Broad Street

Open – 7-8pm Tuesday 22nd Dec, Thursday 24th Dec, Tuesday 29th Dec, Thursday 31st Dec

Oxford Gatehouse @ St Giles Parish Rooms – 10 Woodstock Road

Takeaway Food Service

Open – Monday 21st Dec, Monday28th Dec, Friday 1st Jan

http://oxfordgatehouse.org

Oxford Gatehouse @ St Giles Parish Rooms – 10 Woodstock Road

Food Delivery Service

Open – Tuesday 22nd Dec, Tuesday 29th Dec

http://oxfordgatehouse.org

Botley Community Larder @ St Peter and St Pauls Church Hall – Westway Botley

Community Larder, Registration Required

Open – Monday 21st Dec (15:00 – 17:30)

https://foodforcharities.com/botley-community-larder/

The Community Larder and Food for Charities in conjunction with Botley Bridges Family Support Charity @ St Peter and St Pauls Church Hall – Westway Botley

Free Christmas Hampers for Low Income Families

Open – Throughout Christmas Period

https://www.botleybridges.org/free-christmas-hampers/

Rose Hill Lottery Project

Free hot meal collection from Rose Hill Community Centre

21st/22nd/23rd December 11:30 – 13:30

Oxford Christmas Lunch

Free Christmas meal delivered to isolated people on Christmas

25th December

[email protected]

Oxford Mutual Aid

Emergency food support

7 Days a week 10am – 7pm

https://oxfordmutualaid.org/

Blackbird Leys Community Larder

Community Larder, Registration Required

Open – Wednesdays 3pm – 5pm

[email protected]

Rose Hill Community Larder

Community Larder, Registration Required

Open – Tuesdays 2.15pm – 4pm

[email protected]

“While most of us are looking forward to a break, for some people the extended holiday presents an extra challenge, but there is support there for anyone who needs it. Oxford’s community groups have stepped up to provide food support through the Christmas period, and the Council emergency support is available throughout. Please ask for help if you need it. Thank you to all the volunteers who are offering their time for free, you’ve made a huge difference this year. I hope you all enjoy a safe festive season.”

Councillor Marie Tidball, Cabinet Member for Supporting Local Communities 

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