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December 17, 2021

Where to go for help over the Christmas period

Many services get suspended or altered over Christmas so here’s a list of ways you can get help if you need to!

Our offices are closed from 25th December 2021 to 3rd January 2022. If you email us, please expect a response after this period of closure.

However, if you are an existing LRMN client, and have been detained and / or received removal directions over the Christmas period, you should email

We cannot provide emergency support for any other issues.


Lewisham Council’s Customer Service Centre is open every day 24/7, call 020 8314 6000.

Crisis Mental Health Line (South London and Maudsley 24 hour mental health support line) is also open every day, call them on 0800 731 2864.

For other mental health support, the Samaritans will be open for calls on 116 123 or if you’d just like a chat, you can talk to The Silver Line on 0800 470 8090, they’re open 24/7 every day.

Community Connections Lewisham is open until 4pm of Christmas Eve and reopens on the 4th of January.

Lewisham Healthy Walks are running sessions over the Christmas period! You can see all the information on that here.

For food provisions

Lewisham Foodbank

Lewisham Foodbank, will be open for pickup on 23rd December. The Food bank will reopen on the 4th of January. Email for more information.

LWCC Food Service

Honor Oak Community Centre, 50 Turnham Road, Brockley SE4 2JD. Open Wednesday 22nd 5.30-7.30pm then closed until the end of January.

Rastafari Movement UK

The Rastafari Movement UK is continuing throughout the Christmas period in Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. They’re in Lewisham on Tuesdays 21st and 28th of December.

Email or phone on 07769 813799 for more information.

Rehoboth Community Outreach

Ray Champion Room, 1-18 Allwood Close, Sydenham, SE26 4JP

Saturday Dec 18th giving out children winter Jackets age 6 – 14 yrs and food provisions

Monday Dec 20th Christmas dinner & presents, Christmas Eve Dec 24th 6pm – 8pm giving out food provisions.

Closed from the 25th until Monday January 10, 2022.

St. Peter’s Brockley Food Bank & Social Supermarket

Wickham Road, Brockley, SE4 1LT.  St. Peter’s Social Supermarket is open Wednesday 22nd December, 12-3pm and will be giving out Christmas meal hampers to be able to make a roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings.

Whitefoot and Downham Food Project

Hope Church 480 Whitefoot Lane Downham, BR1 5SF. Open Thursday 23rd 7.30-9pm for those living in the Whitefoot and Downham area. You can just turn up. Closed on the 30th December, extra food given on the 23rd to cover the holidays.

For Christmas dinner

All Saints Church

All Saints Church on 105 New Cross Road, SE14 5DJ. All Saints Church is providing a Christmas Meal on Christmas Day 12-6pm. 020 7639 2889.

Catford Soup Kitchen (UCKG Soup Kitchen)

The Catford Soup Kitchen will be open and providing a takeaway lunch on Saturday 25th of December 12-2pm and Saturday 1st of January.

Contact 0208 6983612 or email at to find out more information.

Cummin’ Up Restaurant & Take-away

Cummin’ Up Restaurant & Take-away on 389 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6NZ are open on Christmas Day – 25 December 2021 from 1pm to 6pm.

Richard Simpson and his family will cook traditional British Christmas Day food (even Brussels sprouts!), plus jerk chicken, rice and peas and mixed salad.

Eat of Eden

1 GoldCrest House, 32-64 Lee High Rd, Se13 5FH, 12-2pm offering a free hot vegan meal to anyone in need.

Lewisham Islamic Centre

363 – 365 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London, SE13 6NZ.

Christmas Day Lewisham Islamic Centre will be providing soup between 4-6pm as usual.

Woolwich Common Community Centre are currently still running their Christmas dinner.

They’re promising Christmas dinner with all the trimmings at 16 Leslie Smith Square, London SE18 4DW.

Around Christmas

ChART Food Project

Open every Wednesday (including December 22nd and 29th and January 5th) from 10.30am – 11.30am at WG Grace Community Centre, 1 Lions Close, Grove Park SE9 4HG.  You can have a cup of tea with their friendly team and choose from a selection of essentials to stock your cupboards for a couple of days.

Deliveries are available to residents on the Chinbrook and Grove Park Estate. Please contact or call 07455 213291.

Ichthus Community Table

At Ichthus Lee Green will be open on Friday 24th December, Christmas Eve for a Christmas dinner meal 1.30-3.30pm

St Saviour’s Church, Brockley Rise

On 21st December, a traditional Christmas Lunch will be served at St Saviour’s Church, Brockley Rise. Drinks from 12:30pm; lunch served at 1pm. To book a place please call Kathleen on 07517853325. £8.

More resources can be found here

If you are feeling unsafe…

Women’s Aid has great safety and support resources for survivors, friends, family, neighbours and community members.

If you need housing services…

If you need emergency housing, find a shelter by entering a postcode here.