Crisis is the national charity for people who are homeless. At Christmas and throughout the year, we help people directly out of homelessness, and campaign for the social changes needed to solve it altogether.
Every Christmas we mobilise a unique volunteering effort to provide warmth, companionship, and vital services to people facing homelessness at one of the toughest times of the year.
This Christmas, we provided hotel accommodation for around 500 people who would otherwise have been sleeping rough across London.
We also supported thousands more people in insecure accommodation - such as hostels and B&Bs - across England, Wales and Scotland, providing food, companionship, advice and support to leave homelessness behind for good.
Now, we are working hard to provide ongoing support to people through our year-round services. Through specialist one-to-one advice and support with housing, employment and wellbeing, we will help people to leave homelessness behind, for good.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, this Christmas we gave people experiencing homelessness access to:
It's not too late to support Crisis at Christmas. We're continuing to deliver vital services for people experiencing homelessness across the UK over the coming weeks and through our year round services.
This year, we provided a delicious Christmas lunch in Birmingham, delivered hot food across Edinburgh and Christmas hampers in South Wales, Zoom calls in Newcastle, a Christmas Eve fry-up in Oxford, well-being and activity days in Coventry, hotel accommodation across London and much, much more!
Despite the difficult circumstances we all found ourselves in, we were determined to give people a Christmas to remember and vital respite needed to now take their first steps out of homelessness.
Teams worked around the clock to adapt to the Covid situation. We took learnings from last year in how to deliver services with restrictions in place, while prioritising the safety of our guests, volunteers and staff.
We are continuing to provide accommodation into the early New Year so that guests can connect with a long-term personal case worker and get the support they need to leave homelessness behind for good.
“It felt nice to be in from the cold. I felt I could relax properly and focus on what I wanted to do next. My Crisis coach has been offering me really good support. I can look forward to the future now, thanks to Crisis.”