Support for Cornwall families at Christmas

Christmas can be a difficult time for some of Cornwall’s most vulnerable families. This year, to help families on a budget spend time together, Cornwall Council’s Family Information Service has compiled a list of activities taking place in Cornwall which are free and under £5.

Activities range from arts and crafts, Santa’s Grottos, fun days and parties.

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In addition, they have also provided information on a range of free and low cost community Christmas lunches taking place throughout Cornwall for those in need.  

Councillor Sally Hawken, Portfolio Holder for Children and Wellbeing said: “Christmas can be a difficult time for families, but it’s not just about buying the latest must haves, as it is very important for all families to have quality time together.

“There is a lot of information and support available for families from our services, and we urge families to use them if they are in need of help and advice, and not to struggle alone.”

Cornwall Council can provide families with help and support through the Family Information Service and also via its Early Help Hub.

The Family Information Service supports families across Cornwall with free and impartial information and advice on leisure, health, education, parenting, childcare and funding. They are also home to Cornwall’s Local Offer, which means they can assist families with children and young people with disabilities to navigate and access the local services available to them.

The service have also listed a range of Christmas activities taking place which are wheelchair friendly or suitable for children with autism including relaxed Santa’s Grottos, parties, and family fun days, so that all family members can join in.

The Early Help Hub is the single point of access for Council and community based health services for children, young people and families in Cornwall. Early Help is about identifying problems at an early stage and working with families to solve those problems before they get worse. Early Help is available to children, young people and their families from pre-birth up to the age of 18, and up to the age of 25 where young people have special educational needs or a disability.

As well as the Early Help Hub there are six Early Help locality teams across Cornwall that offer targeted support to children, young people and their families. This Christmas, the teams have a number of hampers that have been donated and are being distributed to families most in need across Cornwall.

For more information about the help families can receive from Cornwall Council, please contact:

Family Information Service

Phone 0800 5878191. Available Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. An answerphone is provided at all other times. They will be closed on bank holidays.

Family Information Service website

Early Help Hub

For advice and consultation, please call 01872 322277. The Hub is open Monday to Thursday, 8.45am to 5.15pm and 8.45am to 4.45pm on Fridays. They will be closed on bank holidays.

To make a Request for Help, you can complete the relevant Request for Help form and send it to


Posted 20 December 2018