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Crisis at Christmas - thank you

Thank you to the thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters who helped make Crisis at Christmas happen for homeless people across the country.


With 14 centres open across Birmingham, Coventry, Edinburgh, London and Newcastle, Crisis invited in thousands of homeless people for comfort, support and advice this Christmas.

For the first time, Birmingham and Coventry opened its doors at Christmas, offering warmth, shelter and companionship to almost 100 guests across Christmas and Boxing Day. Guests took part in patchwork quilt making, poetry and photography workshops, as well as enjoying bingo and a harp performance.

In London alone, more than 31,000 meals were served to the thousands of guests that were welcomed in the centres across the week. Our Health Care Team carried out 795 healthcare consultations. There were temporary cinemas and IT cafes, creative workshops, a visit to the Tower of London, football tournaments, pantomimes and impromptu freestyle rapping – one guest even hosted an “X-mas factor”. This took place alongside the wide range of advice offered by our experts on everything from housing to immigration, and our numerous services including dentistry, optometry, hairdressing and podiatry.

Hundreds of guests were also welcomed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day in Newcastle and Edinburgh - with Edinburgh opening its doors on New Years Day for the first time - enjoying hot meals, showers and entertainment, and engaging with a range of services including housing, counselling and healthcare.

Across all centres there was also the opportunity for people to learn more about Crisis’ year-round work, with Crisis Skylight clients volunteering throughout the week as ambassadors – chatting to guests about what Crisis offers and helping them connect with services that could help them leave homelessness in 2015.

None of this would have been possible without the support of 11,000 volunteers, and the thousands of donors and supporters who gave their time and money to support Crisis’ work - so thank you to each and every one of you!

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