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Christmas isn’t always a happy time, and the challenges of the past years may mean that more people are facing their first Christmas without a loved one. Financial difficulties can come to the fore too at this time of year. If you are struggling, ABDO has a range of support on offer for members.
And the ABDO benevolent fund provides support to members, past and present or their dependents who are in severe financial difficulties due to unforeseen changes of circumstances such as redundancy, bereavement, illness, relationship breakdown.
If you know that you will be on your own at Christmas and aren’t looking forward to it, why not volunteer? Crisis is looking for new volunteer members.
Look out locally for charities who need volunteers – you may be able to help serve Christmas meals at a centre for those who are lonely or homeless or offer transport to bring people together for a meal.
Discover more ways to volunteer here.
Alternatively, why not contact others who are in the same situation as yourself. If you know someone else who will also be on their own, ask if they would like a coffee, a call, or to go for a walk together.
If you need someone to talk to, Samaritans will listen. Call 116 123 any time. Find out more ways to get in touch with support from Samaritans here.