It’s the time of year to think of peace on earth and good will to all men.
I don’t suppose we can do much to encourage peace on earth or even peace in the UK but remaining calm and trying to avoid violence in thought and deed would be a good start.
Good will to all men might be a bit easier. This is a time for giving and we all try to think of the appropriate presents for family and friends but it should be a time for thinking of others as well.
We could give time. We could volunteer to help with any of the Christmas Charity events in the area or think longer term and make a New Year resolution to give more time to others in 2020.
Many of our local charities are crying out for volunteers and most are happy if you can give a few hours each month.
We could also give gifts. Food and toiletries are always welcome by those in need. The Food Bank and Ray Collins distribute locally at Christmas and throughout the year.
We could also give money. Either make a one off donation or set up a regular payment to a charity to support them through 2020.
I know that people are in need all over the world but this is a local paper and I will stick to local causes. As I only have limited space, I’ll only mention a few who are dear to my heart.
Be Free Young Carers (formerly South and Vale Carers) supports more than 500 young people aged eight to 24 caring for an ill or vulnerable family member; it is based on Harwell Campus and gets a limited amount of regular funding. You can donate via the website at befreeyc.org.uk, by telephone 01235 838554 or by mail to “Be Free YC, Harwell Innovation Centre, 173 Curie Avenue, Didcot, OX11 0QG.
The Wantage Independent Advice Centre (wantageadvice.org.uk or 01235 765348) needs funds and volunteers to maintain their transport scheme, advice service and good neighbours.
The Wantage October Club - Alzheimer's Day Care Centre (octoberclub.org.uk or 01235 760428) supports people with Alzheimers in their day centre near Wantage Church and is run mainly by volunteers. Funds are always needed.
These, and many other, charities provide vital services to our community with volunteers and paid staff but do not have sufficient funding so anything we do will be gratefully received.