Last updated:

4th December 2023

Help at Christmas

Where you can get help and support this festive season

Help on Christmas Day

Anyone who might be spending Christmas Day alone can get help from the Link Visiting Scheme.

They’ll be offering a traditional Christmas dinner on 25 December at a local venue in the borough, with people to talk too and a gift of treats. Open to anyone who might be spending the day alone:

A Christmas Presence

A community Christmas project brought to you by First Days Children’s Charity, SHARE Wokingham, Wokingham Foodbank and other local charities.

It's now closed for applications for gifts for children for this festive periods.

They are running their Meet Santa Grotto at Seymour House in Wokingham (RG40 2AZ) on Saturdays during the festive period. These run on 9 and 16 December, from 11am to 3pm.

Each ticket admits one child - each child will receive one small gift:

Cowshed Christmas sacks for children

The Cowshed’s Christmas project aims to provide children with a memorable and joyous holiday experience.

Each sack will be filled with approximately five thoughtfully selected presents, a book, stocking fillers, and a delicious selection pack of treats. All gifts will be provided wrapped and in fabric sacks made by the Cowshed’s Craft Group Volunteers.

  • The Cowshed will contact families to confirm children’s preferences
  • Refer those who most need help
  • Capacity is capped at 2,000 children – refer early
  • Referrals are online
  • Gifts are for children only

Make a Christmas sack referral to the Cowshed on its website. If you have any questions contact

Help with food

Wokingham Foodbank will be:

  • Closed on the bank holidays but otherwise open
  • Delivering food parcels only between Christmas and New Year
  • Emergency energy support vouchers will be distributed throughout the festive period

If you need help before Christmas, check the help with food page in the cost of living help hub.

Wokingham Salvation Army Christmas support

Wokingham Salvation Army (RG40 2HD) services are operating as normal during the festive period:

  • Coffee shop on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 1pm, last day before Christmas is Monday 20 December. Reopens from Wednesday 3 January
  • Advent services run at 10.30am on the 3, 10, 17 and 24 December
  • Christingle service and Carols by Candlelight, from 6pm on Sunday 17 December
  • Christmas Day service from 10am on Monday 25 December
  • Service will run at 10.30am on Sunday 31 December

Anyone needing help between Christmas and New Year can visit between 10am and 12 noon on 29 December.


CLASP will be running a full December timetable for people with learning disabilities, full of festive events and fun.

Check the what’s on information on the CLASP website for full timetables.


Free bus travel when you get on a most stops in the borough on Saturdays in the run up to Christmas:


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