We are hugely grateful for all your support, all-year-round and most recently at Christmas. Last year was difficult for us all, but thanks to the generosity of our supporters we were able to adapt our frontline services so we could still be there, providing hope for the future.
“We’ll be working with people throughout the year, helping them to leave homelessness behind for good. We couldn’t do any of it without you - thank you so much for your incredible support.”
Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis
Your support is continuing to give people hope – and a route out of homelessness for good. Thank you, once again. We couldn’t do any of this without you.
Here we meet Karen, an amazing volunteer at the Crisis Skylight in Oxford. During the pandemic she’s been getting emergency parcels to people. Normally, she’s busy helping members find work...
“What I love is the different members you meet – of different ages, cultures and backgrounds. These are people in difficult circumstances who are looking to gain education and employment. Sometimes they don’t know where to start. I might help people write their CV, do job searches or practice for interviews. I do a lot of confidence building, helping people take the next step.
“A lot of job searches and applications have to be done online. This can be daunting for those without previous IT experience. I support members with job searches, emails, uploading CVs and job applications. When a member gets a qualification or a job it is so exciting for them and for us.
“When classes stopped during lockdown, I helped get emergency food parcels, donated by the public and local organisations, to members in bedsits, B&Bs and hostels.
“Many felt isolated and alone, especially over Christmas, and they were so overwhelmed that somebody cared. “I love helping at Crisis. You’re tackling an issue you care about, you’re learning all the time, you’re part of a team and you’re changing lives.”