Volunteers asked to help homeless people over Christmas
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
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Homelessness charity Crisis is calling on people to donate their time and help out homeless people over the festive period.
Christmas centres will be set up across London, Edinburgh and Newcastle, with 8,000 volunteer opportunities available across the cities.
Crisis at Christmas will run from 23 to 30 December. The charity has announced that registration for volunteers opens on Monday 14 October at www.crisis.org.uk
People from all walks of life are being called on to volunteer – from doctors to dog handlers, hairdressers to healthcare assistants and podiatrists to manicurists.
The volunteers will provide an expected 4,000 homeless guests with vital services as well as a bed if they need one. There will be a variety of entertainment and feel-good services like hairdressing and massage, as well as lots of volunteers happy to have a chat and a cup of tea with guests.
Leslie Morphy, chief executive of Crisis, said: “Homelessness can be an incredibly isolating and lonely experience, but at Christmas it can be doubly hard. While families and friends are tucking into Christmas dinner, it can be a miserable experience for the person stuck out alone in the winter cold.
“Crisis at Christmas is only possible due to the generosity of our volunteers and donors who have come together to make this happen for more than four decades. With homelessness rising, their help is needed more than ever.”
Homelessness is rising more sharply in London than elsewhere in the country. More than 6,000 people slept rough at some point in London last year – a 62% increase in just two years.