I had been looking for a volunteer role for some time, then in about July 2011 I saw a position for someone who was interested in Arts and Performance. I had only heard of "Crisis at Christmas", and I knew they did work for people experiencing homelessness.
I had a background in amateur dramatics and folk singing and had previously lived in a homeless hostel for a year, so I thought I could try and contribute to a sector that had helped me all those years before.
I currently help out at the monthly Coffee Mornings. Members can attend at their leisure, socialise with others, play games, and generally get away from whatever situation they are in for a little while, in a safe, welcoming environment. I also help at “Celebrations”, carol concerts and warehouse duties.
I was very nervous when I first started, but soon realised that members are friendly and helpful, even though they were going through a tough time.
I enjoy meeting the members, they have given me more than I could ever give back. I see some of the old members out and about at other events with other organisations, and I am so proud of them and what they have subsequently achieved. They give me hope in humanity, when humanity took hope away from them.
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