Help and Useful Information for the Christmas Period

Once again many people across Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages are entering the festive period with a feeling of anxiety, but rather than the covid-related concerns of recent years it is the rising cost of living that looms large.There is also the reality that not everyone finds the Christmas period a time of happiness - loneliness, missing loved ones and other worries mean that it is a difficult time. 

However, there are organisations who can provide support and ways that those of us who are able can give to help too.

Alongside the Guildford Lib Dem team, I've collated as many organisations providing support. If you would like to support any of them with a donation the best way to do so is check their website (if there is one) and/or contact them by email to find out the best way to do so. Please feel free to share.

We have also listed various emergency contact details or sources of useful information for the period. We hope it will be helpful.

If you spot that a local organisation is missing from this list please let us know by email and we'll get it added.

I hope that, however you are spending it, your Christmas period will be healthy, peaceful and positive.

Best wishes from myself, my family and the Guildford Liberal Democrat team.

Zöe Franklin
Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Guildford and our Villages
4th December 2023

Guildford based help



  • North Guildford Food Bank
    If you need help putting food on the table you need to get a referral from on of the organisations on this list.
    If you would like to make a donation you can find out how to do so here.



  • Thrive at the Hive & Community Fridge​​​​​​​
    Support for families and individuals with everyday goods, including pre-loved bundles to help with Christmas. Find out more at Thrive at the Hive or on Facebook.
    The community fridge has an assortment of fresh food which you can make use of if you need to. If you have surplus fresh food which you want to donate get in touch via the links above.


Across Surrey and Beyond

  • Surrey Crisis Fund
    A Surrey-wide fund providing financial help to Surrey residents who have nowhere else to turn in an emergency or following a disaster.


  • #JoinIn
    If you're worried about being alone or lonely this Christmas Day you can join others across the UK and beyond via #JoinIn on Twitter. Organiser and comedian Sarah Millican is organising and will share more information nearer the day so make sure you follow her on X (Twitter) or search for #JoinIn.


  • Samaritans
    Whatever you're facing, Samaritans are here to listen day or night. You can contact them on 116 123 or by email.


  • Childline​​​​​​​
    Support for children and young people online or on the 0800 1111.



  • Pride in Surrey​​​​​​​
    Pride in Surrey have a great list of resources and places to get support for anyone who is LGBTQ+ or an ally. Do take a look.

Other Useful Information/Contact Details