Whilst the lights have all been switched on and the commercial Christmas train has fully rolled into town Crisis, the charity for single homeless people, is still looking for 2 more buildings to use as Christmas Centres for welcoming rough sleepers off the streets between 23rd-30th December.
Crisis aims to run 9 centres to accommodate around 2000 vulnerable people over the festive period. 7 have been donated already. 2 more, ideally in East or South East London, the City or Southbank are needed so get in touch if you know of a property or person who might be able to help.
And, of course, they need to stuff these centres with volunteers to ensure guests receive a warm welcome and can take advantage of services that aren't routinely available to them and get some light relief from the stress of the streets with workshops and entertainment. Whatever your skills and experience, there's some way you can help. You could put the decorations up at the centres prior to opening, drive supplies to where they're needed, put your professional hairdressing, advocacy, cooking, tailoring, dog handling, juggling or medical skills to good use or simply sit down and chat to guests.
If you can commit to 2 shifts in a Crisis centre over the period then all the details and sign up info is online now. You could be one of over 8000 Crisis Christmas volunteers giving a priceless and truly appreciated gift.