We calculate that it costs £29.73 to help someone experiencing homelessness over the Christmas period - whether that's in our day centres, hotels or in our year-round services. This includes longer term support to help leave homelessness behind for good.
This is based on the number of people we expect to support and includes set up, food, clothing and accommodation, travel and insurance. We review this figure every year.
In 2023, guests have access to:
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.
“I have severe arthritis so I can’t work anymore. After my relationship broke down, I was staying with my daughter. The pressure of living in an overcrowded home grew and her boyfriend kicked me out. I was completely lost.”
“I had no money for food. The council got me a place in a hostel, and then I got in touch with Crisis and met Kaitlyn, my lead worker. The first day I met her, she seemed to bring out this ability in me.
“She gave me the confidence to start writing poetry and lyrics again, and she helped me get higher on the list for housing. Around Christmas, I went to a wellbeing day at the Skylight Centre in Newcastle. I had a haircut, a massage – a mince pie! It’s what Christmas should be about really, helping other people.
“I also had an eye test. Having new glasses was so important for reading letters and filling in forms.
“Now I have a lovely little flat to call home. I’ve got the freedom to do my own thing, listen to my records. I can shut the door and that’s it.”
David - Crisis Member