Call for volunteers to make Christmas happen for homeless people
Thousands of people are being asked to donate their time over the festive period and volunteer for Crisis at Christmas 2013 in London, Edinburgh and Newcastle.
Christmas centres will be set up across London and in Edinburgh and Newcastle by Crisis which is offering 8,000 volunteer opportunities across these cities.
Crisis at Christmas will run from 23 to 30 December, while volunteering registration is now open.
Crisis is calling on people from all walks of life to volunteer – from doctors to dog handlers, hairdressers to healthcare assistants and podiatrists to manicurists.
The volunteers will provide an expected four thousand 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 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.”