Christmas support available

Over the Christmas period our Manor Gardens services will not be able to support individuals. However, there are many other sources of help available.

If you need help contact the We Are Islington Helpline which is open over Christmas period. We Are Islington is open seven days a week through the Christmas period including Christmas day from 9am to 5pm and Islington residents are able to contact them if they need urgent help over the Christmas period.

You can call the We are Islington helpline on 020 7527 8222. Minicom: 020 7527 1900. You can also email

Other sources of help

There are free helplines where you can speak to someone when you are feeling down or desperate.  Unless it says otherwise, they are open 24 hours a day, every day.
116 123 (freephone) Samaritans are open 24/7 for anyone who needs to talk. You can visit some Samaritans branches in person.
Samaritans also have a Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day). Helpline and email, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men
Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day
Papyrus – for people under 35
Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 9am to 10pm, weekends and bank holidays 2pm to 10pm. Text 07860 039967
Childline – for children and young people under 19
Call 0800 1111 – the number will not show up on your phone bill

0808 801 0677 (adult helpline)  0808 801 0711 (youthline)  0808 801 0811 (studentline)
Offers information on eating disorders and runs a supportive online community. Helpline services will be open 4pm–8pm from 24 December to 1 January.

The Compassionate Friends
0345 123 2304. Provides support to bereaved families after the death of a child.
Helpline open 10am–4pm, and 7pm–10pm every day.

Cruse Bereavement Care
0808 808 1677. Information and support after a bereavement. Helpline service:
21–26 Dec: 9:30am–8pm, 27–30 Dec: 9:30am–5pm, 31 Dec onwards: 9:30am–8pm

Islington Council (Services at Xmas/New Year)
Call us on 020 7527 2000, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Minicom number is 020 7527 1900.

LGBT Foundation
0345 3 30 30 30
Advice, support and information for people identifying as LGBTQ+.

Money Advice Service
0800 138 7777
Provides free and impartial money advice.

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)
0808 801 0331
A charity supporting adult survivors of any form of childhood abuse. Provides a support line and local support services. Support line open until 24 December at 6pm, and reopening on 2 January 2020.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline
0808 2000 247
Free 24-hour helpline for women who have experienced domestic abuse, run by domestic violence charity Refuge. It is run by female advisors. The women's helpline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can contact them online and they will ask for a safe way to respond to you.

Men's Advice Line
0808 801 0327
Confidential advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse by a current or ex-partner or family member.

NHS 111 (England)
Non-emergency medical help and advice for people in England.

Information about health problems and treatments, including details of local NHS services in England.
The NHS website is always available.

0300 003 0396
Provides help and support with relationships, including counselling, telephone counselling and anonymous live chat.

The Silver Line
0800 4 70 80 90
Provides support, information, friendship and advice for older people (over 55) who may feel lonely or isolated. Helpline open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Stand Alone
Charity supporting adults who are estranged (not in contact) from their family. Stand Alone don't have a helpline but their online festive guide might be useful. If you need to talk to someone over Christmas, try the Samaritans.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)
0300 111 5065
Emotional and practical support and local groups for anyone bereaved or affected by suicide.

0300 330 0630
Listening services, information and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
Helpline open 10am–10pm, 365 days a year.

The Trussell Trust
Emergency food and support for people in need. Includes a searchable list of local foodbanks. Each foodbank will arrange its own Christmas hours. It's important to remember that you need a voucher from their referral agency first, so find your nearest foodbank, and find out when their referral agency is open too.


Find out more about Manor Gardens Welfare Trust