Thanet’s offers of food and company for those in need this Christmas

Christmas offers of help

Thanet businesses are offering food and warmth for the isle’s homeless and those in need this Christmas.

Kind offers of free food during the festive period are being made by restaurants, shops and groups. Please pass on the below details to anyone who may need them.


Soup night at Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shop

42-44 Harbour Street, on December 18 from 5.30pm to provide for those who are sleeping on the streets with hot soup, rolls, hot drinks, cold drinks, pet food, toiletries, warm clothing, and haircuts.


Olivo Margate

20 Market Place,

Christmas Day serving up free soup, pizza and cake between noon and 4pm.

Our Kitchen Thanet with Hartsdown school, Orbit and Independent Catering

Free family lunch on December 28 for up to 150 people. It is aimed at those with children in Hartsdown’s year 7 and Hartsdown feeder schools years 5 and 6. There will be food, activities and entertainment.

More details to follow.


Roost, 19 Cliff Terrace, Cliftonville

Soup, hot drinks, free pool and ping pong tables

December 20-23, 4pm to 6pm

Cliftonville Community Centre

26 St Paul’s Road, Cliftonville, CT9 2DB.

Open Christmas

Lunchtime meal and some Christmas cheer for all in the local community who would like to attend. There is food and company available for any who would otherwise find it difficult to have such a celebration over Christmas.

Thanet churches work on the organising committee for the event. During the week of Open Christmas they are supported by a team of volunteers from local churches and from the wider community.

Dates: Christmas Day and Boxing Day between 11am and 4pm and December 27 between noon and 2pm.

Thanet Winter Shelter is in operation throughout Christmas.

This year’s shelter involves seven church halls in Margate and Ramsgate opening their doors to provide shelter for up to 20 people each night, along with an evening meal, access to showers and bed and breakfast.

To be eligible for one of the 20 bed spaces each night, people need to be verified as rough sleeping and have been assessed under homeless legislation and have a connection with Thanet.

The scheme runs from December 1 to February 28, 2018.

To volunteer or for more information, visit: or e-mail mailto:[email protected] to find out how to get involved.