Support available over the Holidays

Published: 21 December 2023
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BAVO is closed from 2pm on 22 December until 2 January 2024.

If you are looking for support over the holiday period we have put together a list places we know will be open. This includes foodbank opening times, mental health helplines and community centres.

Community Centres

BARC (Bridgend community outreach centre) 

13 Ewenny Road, Bridgend, Mid Glam, CF313HN 

Phone: 01656 451446 


Christmas opening hours  

  • December 22 | Christmas Dinner please book  
  • December 23 | Closed  
  • December 24 | Closed 
  • December 25 | 9am – 11am breakfast only  
  • December 26 | Closed  
  • December 27, 28, 29| 11:30am – 1:30pm lunch only  
  • December 30 | Closed  
  • December 31| 10am12 noon only
  • January 1 – 3  | Closed 
  • January 4 | normal working hours resume 

The Bridge 

46-48 Dunraven Place
CF31 1JB
Phone: 01656 647 891 

Closed 23 December – 2 Jan (except for Christmas Day) 

Open 25 December Christmas Day – 11am – 2pm 

Serving a hot meal and refreshments for the community, particularly aimed at those suffering from isolation and loneliness. 

Raj Balti 

59-61 Nolton St, Bridgend 

Providing free meals on Christmas Day for the homeless/charities, social care, emergency service workers (Police, Fire Service, Ambulance), NHS and key workers. Please drop us a message so we can gauge how many meals to prepare for collection on Christmas Day evening. 

Call: 01656 647229 

Foodbanks and Pantries 

Call: 01656 750016 

Wednesday 27 December

  • Maesteg | Bethel Church, Station Road, CF34 9YL | Open 10:00am – 2:00pm 
  • Pontycymmer | His Place, 107 Oxford Street, CF32 8DE | Open 1:30pm – 3:30pm 

Thursday 28 December

  • Porthcawl| Y Centre, John Street, CF36 3AP | Open 10am – 12pm 

Friday 29 December

  • Bridgend | Hope Baptist Church, Derwen Road, CF31 3EA| Open 11.00am – 2.00pm 
  • Kenfig Hill |Bethel Church, Pwllygath St, CF33 6ET | Open 1.00pm – 3.00pm 

Tuesday 2 January

  • Bridgend | Hope Baptist Church, Derwen Road, CF31 3EA| Open 12.00 – 2.00pm 
  • Caerau | Noddfa Centre, Caerau Road, CF34 0PB| Open 10am – 12pm 
  • Porthcawl| Y Centre, John Street, CF36 3AP | Open 10am – 12pm 

Baobab Food Pantries 

07544 026265 

Thursday 28 December 

  • Bryntirion Community Pantry | 9:30am – 11:30am |
    Bryntirion Community Hub, Mount Pleasant, Bridgend, CF31 4EF 
  • Nantymoel Community Pantry| 10am – 12noon
    The Mem, Nantymoel Boys & Girls Club, 3 Waun Wen Terrace, Nant-y-moel, CF32 7NB  

Friday 29 December 

  • Maesteg Community Pantry |Cwm Calon, Castle Street, Maesteg, CF34 9UN  9:30am – 11:30pm 
  • Aberkenfig Community Pantry |Len Evans Centre, Off Hope Avenue, Aberkenfig, CF32 9RF  10am – 12 noon 

Talbot Centre Pop-up Pantry 

Talbot Centre, Prince Rd, Kenfig Hill December 26 11am – 12 noon

Mental Health support 


Phone: 116 123 

Ffon Cymraeg – Welsh phone line: 0808 164 0123 7-10pm everyday 


Prevention of young suicide 

Contact HOPELINE247 

If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HOPELINE247 for confidential support and practical advice. 

Opening hours: 

Line are open 24 hours every day of the year (Weekends and Bank Holidays included) 

Suicide prevention advisers are ready to support you. 


Mental Health Helpline For Wales | Community Advice & Listening Line 

Offering a confidential listening and support service 

Freephone 0800 132 737 

Or text help to 81066 


Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, anonymous text support service. You can text us from wherever you are in the UK. 

If you are struggling to cope and need to talk, our trained Shout Volunteers are here for you, day or night. 

Wales Learning Disability Helpline 

Phone: 0808 8000 300
The Wales Learning Disability Helpline is available to everyone in Wales, whether you are a person with a learning a learning disability, a family member or a friend.

The Wales Learning Disability Helpline will be open Monday to Friday 9am to 5.00pm throughout the Christmas period, including Bank Holidays.  



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