Winter can be a tricky season for some people to navigate. Not only have the nights drawn in and temperatures dropped, but households may be worrying about the cost of heating their homes and feeding their families. We have put together a list of local support groups, organisations and charities that may be helpful to you or someone you know if you need a little support from your community this winter.
Warm Space in Court 2 at Shire Hall is open daily (excluding Sundays) from 9am until 4pm. The room is open to everyone as a place to come and relax, keep warm and socialise. There are free hot drinks, books, games and puzzles available, as well as information to help with health, wellbeing and local advice services.
Community Space offers a warm welcome every Friday morning in St Petroc’s Parish Centre. Breakfast rolls, hot drinks, sweet treats and meals to take away are made freely available to everyone, thanks to its Community Café Team. Bodmin Way’s Parish Nurse is on hand and organisations attend regularly to offer expert support, including volunteers from the Grace Project that takes gifts of good quality children’s clothing and re-distributes it. The plan is to develop Community Space through more volunteers; if this is something you might like to do, please contact Revd Elaine.
Armed Forces Veterans and Families Hub takes place on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, in Court 2 at Shire Hall between 10am and 2pm. It offers support with regards to benefits, debt, health, wellbeing, housing and employment.
Bodmin and District Horizon Club is for adults with physical and learning challenges. With three decades of experience, the established group continues to provide a yearly diary of amazing activities including arts, crafts, fun days, tournaments, pantomimes, skittles nights, bake offs, pottery workshops, award evenings, and events supporting the local community. The group gathers on Thursdays, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, in Bodmin College. Volunteers to support the club and its weekend activities are always needed. For the full update, go to our blog https://www.bodminlife.com/blog or visit Horizonclub.org.uk
intoBodmin is located at Shop 14 Fore Street until February 2024, when it hopes to return to The Old Library. Drop-in sessions include Wellness Hub, 1.30 - 3.30pm, 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month; Cuppa Companions, Fridays 10-12pm and Community Cooking Club. intobodmin.co.uk
Bodmin Way is creating a Community Garden in the grounds of St Petroc's Church, supported by schools, groups and the community. Contact Revd Elaine to get involved. For anyone who enjoys singing, the all-age Community Choir meets on Wednesday evenings. Time Together friendship group gathers on Wednesday mornings in Shire House Suite and home-based support is offered through the Community Circle. bodminway.org
Cancer Support Group is a joint venture of MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT and Age UK Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. Everyone is welcome to this social group that meets with people in similar situations, offering free refreshments, support and information, 2pm to 4pm, 2nd and 4th Friday of the month in Shop 14 Fore Street. Facebook Bodmin & Wadebridge Cancer Support Cafes / 01872 266383
Foodbank - The foodbank is based in Bodmin on Mondays and Wednesdays, 1pm-3pm, Immanuel Church on Berrycoombe Road. They are currently in need of items such as tinned ham, savoury biscuits, sweets, Christmas biscuits, long-life milk, crisps, packets of stuffing and Christmas puddings. For more information, visit https://www.wadebridgefoodbank.org/ or for advice, call the team on 01208 815374.