Crisis is delighted to announce our latest partnership with Specsavers, the multinational healthcare provider.
Specsavers will be working with Crisis this Christmas, and over the next 12 months, to improve access to vital health services including eye and hearing care for people experiencing homelessness.
We are thrilled that Specsavers will be the first corporate sponsor of the Crisis at Christmas campaign since its inception in 1967. Specsavers’ support will provide vital funding for our Christmas services as well as supporting our year-round work in our Skylight centres across Great Britain.
As a business, Specsavers is passionate about giving back to their local community and are committed to ensuring that everyone in their community, including the most marginalised members, have access to eye care. Therefore, a partnership between Crisis and Specsavers felt like the perfect match.
This year Crisis will operate four Christmas centres across London from 24 December until 28 December and accommodate over 450 people in hotels from 21 December 2022 until 05 January 2023.
Our Christmas activities will provide much need warmth and respite for people experiencing homelessness at the most difficult time of the year. Our Christmas offering to our guests includes:
- Hot meals and a Christmas lunch
- Advice on housing, employment, welfare and benefits
- Wellbeing and health programmes, including physiotherapy, podiatry, and eye care.
Specsavers will not only be supporting our Christmas activities financially, but employees will also be volunteering their time and expertise to support our eye care volunteers during Christmas. Thanks to Specsavers’ presence across the whole of the country, the partnership will extend our eye care services at Skylight centres outside London, such as South Wales, Oxford, Newcastle, Coventry, and Birmingham.
About the partnership
Over the next year, Crisis and Specsavers will work together to expand access to eye care services for people experiencing homelessness across the country and utilise Specsavers wide range of stores to raise not only awareness for Crisis’ work to end homelessness, but also vital funds to support Crisis’ service delivery.
Crisis will engage Specsavers employees in raising funds directly for Crisis and in volunteering opportunities to support Crisis’ Christmas centres, annual Crisis at Christmas project and our Shops from Crisis.
The partnership will also focus on campaigning together to increase the public’s understanding of homelessness and of the ways they can support people experiencing homelessness right now and provide training and resources to Specsavers’ staff.
We are incredibly grateful to Specsavers for their support, and we are excited to see the impact of this partnership over the next 12 months.