Festive support now available from Perennial

As Christmas lights are turned on and the festive season gets underway, we’re ready to support families and individuals who are feeling the festive strain or struggling with unexpected or life changing events such as redundancy or health issues.

If you work in or are retired from horticulture and are struggling this Christmas, we can help with extra food costs or gifts for children who would otherwise go without and can also help you access other sources of support depending on your situation.

Julia Hayne, Director of Services at Perennial, says:

“Christmas should be a time of fun and festivities for everyone working in horticulture but often the reality is very different which can lead to feelings of stress, anxiety and loneliness. Many people feel added pressure at this time of year with more demands on their already stretched resources, anxiety about meeting everyone’s expectations or feelings of isolation from those around them. If you are struggling in the lead up to Christmas, you’re not alone. Please get in touch with us to find out how we can support you and your family.”

People find themselves in need of help for any number of reasons including redundancy, illness, injury, family bereavement or another life-changing event. Julia continues:

“During the festive period and beyond we can help with budgeting advice, managing debt, accessing statutory support and we work with other local sources of voluntary support. No-one should feel alone or unsupported at Christmas and we’re calling on the whole industry to be a ‘festive friend’ and help us reach everyone in need this year.”

If you, or someone you know, works in horticulture and needs a festive friend, contact Perennial in confidence on 0800 093 8543, email services@perennial.org.uk or request support online at perennial.org.uk/festivesupport

Be a festive friend

Perennial relies on the support of the horticulture industry to continue offering tailored one-to-one support to people in need of a friend. If you or your company would like to make a difference this Christmas we have a range of ideas for how you can support our work, get involved or help us spread the word. Visit perennial.org.uk/festivefriend for more information.