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Christmas is a time of reflection, joy and hope – a time for sharing with loved ones.
Across Greater Manchester, there are thousands of people who are giving their time to others over Christmas. From the emergency services workers keeping us safe, to the volunteers taking care of the vulnerable and supporting those in crisis.
Below you will find some top tips to stay safe over Christmas, and some help and support for those who are struggling over the festive season.
Have a happy and safe Christmas!
Help and advice to get through the festive season:
Stay safe and secure
GMP has cooked up the perfect recipe for a safe Christmas, with advice on how to keep yourselves and your home safe, and making sure you’re safe to drive the morning after the night before.
Visit GMP’S website for more advice on how to keep your home and valuables safe.
Domestic abuse – does that sit right with you?
One in three women and one in six men experience some form of domestic abuse, but it isn’t only physical violence. Controlling what someone wears, their money, where they go, who they talk to is just as damaging and is abuse.
Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy but for some it is the time of year they dread the most, with an increase in reports of domestic violence and abuse to the police during the Christmas period.
If you or someone you care about has been affected by domestic abuse, contact the Greater Manchester domestic abuse helpline on 0161 636 7525 or visit www.sittingrightwithyou.co.uk
Need someone to talk to?
Family problems, money worries or loneliness means Christmas can be a difficult time for some people. But you don’t have to suffer in silence – it’s ok to ask for help.
If you need to talk to someone over the Christmas period, or are worried about a loved one, contact the Samaritans free on 116 123 or visit Samaritans.org
In Greater Manchester, The Sanctuary provides 24-hour support to adults who are experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, depression, suicidal thoughts or are in crisis.
This service is available to residents (ages 18+) living in Manchester, Trafford, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Glossop, Bolton, Wigan and Leigh and includes:
- A crisis support line – 0300 003 7029 – between 6am and 8pm
- A place of safety and support through the night, between 8pm and 6am