Support services available during the 2022 Christmas period

  • The Christmas and New Year can be a difficult time of year for many people and families.  
  • The added stress and financial commitments can mean people experience difficult situations in their personal lives including higher rates of homelessness, family violence, relationship conflict, and isolation.  
  • Council has partnered with local service providers to create a list of community supports available during this period.  

Council has partnered with local service providers to create a list of community supports available during the 2022 Christmas period.  

These services are not part of Council. Please contact them directly for more information. 

Download the Help is at Hand this Christmas flyer

Ongoing, free, and confidential assistance for those experiencing financial difficulties is available locally.  

Romy Prins  
Financial Capability Worker for Good Shepherd (southeast Melbourne)   
Phone 0421 644 793 or financialcapabilitysouth@goodshep.org.au 

Romy can help you to better understand:  

  • money management 
  • budgeting 
  • get help in accessing utility or telco hardship programs 
  • how to access safe, no-interest loans for essential items. 

If you have already found yourself in debt or financial difficulty, make an appointment with a local financial counsellor either online or in person by calling Southeast Community Links on 9546 5255 or by emailing fcs@secl.org.au.

A number of Christmas meals are being provided locally to those experiencing financial hardship: 

Christmas Dinner- 22 December 

  • Provided by Bless Collective 
  • Bourke Park, Pakenham (Opposite Pakenham Train Station) 
  • From 6pm 
  • Everyone welcome 

Christmas Day Lunch – 25 December 

  • Provided by Salvation Army 
  • 51 Bald Hill Road, Pakenham 
  • 12 noon to 1.30pm 
  • Register from 1 December by calling Salvation Army on 5941 4906 

For more information about support services available, please see Council’s Services Directory.

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