Support - Festive support 1

 Organisation      Opening Times Other info
 Jobcentres: Skelmersdale / Ormskirk To let everyone, know that Job Centres and Benefit Centres will close from Friday 24th December 2021 at 17:00 and reopen on Thursday 30th December 2021. We are closed on New Year’s day 1st January 2022 reopening on Tuesday the 4th January 2022.
Please note telephone lines will remain open on the 24th December 2021 for missing and urgent payments only. 
All payments due 24-29 are paid on 24, 
EXCEPT Universal Credit where 29 paid as normal.
All payments due 30-31 paid as normal.
All payments due 3, plus those in Scotland due 4, paid on 31,
EXCEPT Universal Credit (everywhere 4 paid as normal). 
West Lancs Borough Council

Council services close 12pm 24th December -reopen 9am 04th January 2022

We do have an out of hours service for emergency homeless cases available 24/7 over that period. The number is 01695 577 177. It is an emergency line only for people who find themselves homeless over that period and are not able to make alternative arrangements until the Council re-opens, it's not a general housing advice line and the staff can't deal with queries about general housing applications. 
Citizen’s Advice – West Lancs

 Closed 12:30pm Thursday 23rd December – 9:00am Tuesday 4th January 2022

national telephone and webchat service. (For use during Christmas / new Year)
Friday 24 December - Open from 8am to 5pm
Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 December - Closed
Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 December - Open from 8am to 6pm
Friday 31 December - Open from 8am to 5pm
Monday 3 January 2022 - Closed
Tuesday 4 January 2022 - Normal service resumes
Evermoor Hub Food Bank

Christmas Eve – Open with Christmas Dinner to take away available.
Christmas Day – Closed
Boxing Day – Closed
Bank Holiday Monday / Tuesday – open from 2pm
New Year’s Day – Closed

Will support with Christmas Food Hampers and Christmas presents in run up. Referral through Email to
Ecumenical Centre Food Bank

Skelmersdale Ecumenical Centre:  Closed Mon 27th Will reopen Thursday 30th December 
Oak House (6 Elmridge, Skelmersdale,WN8 6DD): Open Tuesday / Friday 10-12pm 
Trinity (High Street, Skelmersdale, WN8 8AT):
Open Wednesday 10-12pm
Burscough Methodist Church (Orrell Lane, Burscough, L40 0SG): 
Open Thursday 10-12pm
Referral Voucher must be obtained through either West Lancs Ark, Citizen’s Advice or Rev.  at Burscough.  

Sign post through email to: 
Include First name only and how many people in house hold. ARK will act as a referral agent: 
and will complete referral voucher for customer.
Oak House / Trinity will require a voucher through referral agents at Citizen’s Advice.
Burscough have a REV. Who will act as referral agent.
Ormskirk Foodbank

Open Tuesday 21st December / Thursday 23rd December and then closed until Tuesday 4th January 2022. 

Food bank will make up Emergency Bags for the Job Centre to cover the closure period.
Ennerdale Hub (Ennerdale House, next door to Tan House Community Centre, Skelmersdale)

Christmas Eve from 6pm – first come, first served – “Christmas Hampers” will be available for anyone who needs them.
Christmas Day – open from 10-2pm Drop in for Mince Pies and a Hot Drink. Don’t be lonely, pop in for a festive chat!!


Cottage Lane Mission, Cottage Lane Ormskirk, L39 3NE


 The mission will be hosting a Christmas Day Meal for anyone who would like to join.  There is a small fee.  Please click on the link for further information.

Please book your place on either 01695 574103 or 07767461087



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