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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.
From a friendly chat with the ABDO membership team through to telephone counselling, you can talk to an experienced professional about issues that are important to you.
And the ABDO benevolent fund provides support to members, past and present or their dependants who are in severe financial difficulties due to unforeseen changes of circumstances such as redundancy, bereavement, illness, relationship breakdown.
Worried about being on your own on Christmas day? Drop the membership team a line and one of the ABDO board will send you a text to check in on how you are doing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Christmas check-in’ in the title of your email.
If you know that you will be on your own at Christmas and arent looking forward to it, why not volunteer? Crisis is looking for new volunteer members of its Eyecare Service between 24 and 29 December.
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 togther 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.