As Christmas descends and the ski season starts with a swing, thoughts turn to those snowy Alpine slopes. But for many people sheltering against the cold on the streets, it’s far from a festive period. Crisis is a national charity working hard to bring an end to homelessness, and — following on from the success of last year’s efforts — this year we thought we’d try and lend a hand.
Our office raffle and Christmas jumper fund are raising money for the Crisis cause, and although we’re starting small we hope to raise enough money to help Crisis deliver warmth and shelter to members of our community. Did you know that a donation of £22.32 can reserve a place in sheltered accommodation, and bring a homeless person in from the cold? For the price of a few festive beers, it makes a big difference.
Aside from the accommodation side of things, Crisis offer people a lifeline of support. Their employment coaches help people with their CVs and work on their confidence to help get them off the streets and into work — offering valuable assistance and advice to people in need.
They run educational classes to help people bridge the gap between the skills they have and potential employers’ requirements. By helping people to improve their literacy and numeracy abilities, Crisis work to break the cycle of homelessness across the country. Vocational courses like plumbing or mechanics give people real skills to take into the workplace, building confidence and teaching lifelong skills.
Aside from this, Crisis works to improve the health and wellbeing of people experiencing homelessness. Classes, activities among friends and personal coaching combine to improve peoples’ state of mind, and the charity also helps people gain access to a GP.
With the festive season upon us, Crisis offer companionship to tackle the loneliness people feel and help them on the road out of homelessness. If you’d like to help a charity and donate to Crisis this winter, click here for details.