Crisis at Christmas 2021: Why £29.06?
£29.06 is the amount that we've calculated that it costs to provide someone with all of the services we provide over Christmas 2021, as well as support for getting out of homelessness in the year ahead in 2022.
It's based upon how much Crisis at Christmas cost in the previous year and allows a bit more for inflation. The amount of £29.06 is reviewed on an annual basis.
The cost includes the organisation (such as finding the hotels), transport costs, insurance costs, the cost of facilities as well as the costs of food, clothing and accommodation.
In 2021, the guests were provided with:
- Advice on housing, employment and benefits
- A way out of homelessness for good, through Crisis’ year-round training, education and support
- Three nutritious, hot meals daily, including a proper Christmas dinner
- Access to overnight accommodation or day centres
- A phone buddy service
- Information and advice on wellbeing and healthcare
The work we do at Christmas can often be just the start of someone’s journey out of homelessness. This initial engagement can mean the beginning of a continued relationship with Crisis and our year-round services to help and support our members until they are able to move out of homelessness and into a home of their own.
Watch our video below to learn what your donation of £29.06 can give to someone experiencing homelessness
Henry was working in a warehouse when Covid hit and his contract was terminated. He could no longer pay his rent and, without any support from his council, found himself forced into homelessness – on the streets and sleeping on buses. Henry was referred to one of the hotels run by Crisis last Christmas, where he stayed for two weeks.
While he was there, he started to receive support from a Crisis coach who helped him work through the depression that he had developed since he had been sleeping rough. He helped him to talk through the things that were going on so that he could get into a good state of mind and was able to relax more.
After Christmas, Crisis helped him get in touch with his local council who found him emergency accommodation in another hotel, and he has now found a job too. Henry speaks to his Crisis coach regularly.
“My Crisis coach has been offering me really good support. Now that I do not feel so depressed, I could apply for work. I have found a job in care work. I’m not working every day, but it means I have enough to buy something to eat while I am waiting for the council to find me somewhere more suitable to live. I can look forward to the future now, thanks to Crisis.”
You can check out more real-life stories of members to learn more about the difference your support makes.