Home­less on cold nights

Argyllshire Advertiser - - YOUR VIEWS -

Sir, Christ­mas should be a time of joy, but for thou­sands of home­less peo­ple across the coun­try it is any­thing but. While most of the coun­try has been cel­e­brat­ing and en­joy­ing a fam­ily meal, those who are home­less face a strug­gle just to stay safe and es­cape the cold.

That’s why – out­side of our year-round ser­vices – Cri­sis runs spe­cial Christ­mas cen­tres that of­fer warmth, food, com­pan­ion­ship and ac­cess to vi­tal ser­vices. Guests can see a doc­tor or den­tist, have a hair­cut and get clothes or bags re­paired.

But we don’t stop there. At our Christ­mas cen­tres, we in­tro­duce peo­ple to our year­round train­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port with hous­ing, em­ploy­ment and health. This longterm sup­port helps peo­ple to re­build their lives and leave home­less­ness be­hind for good.

Cri­sis at Christ­mas is a huge vol­un­teer ef­fort, and last year more than 4,000 peo­ple came through the doors of 15 our cen­tres across Bri­tain. For many, Cri­sis at Christ­mas of­fers a chance to re­lax, re­gain con­fi­dence and plan for the fu­ture in a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment, away from the im­me­di­ate hard­ships of home­less­ness.

We’re ask­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic who want to help to sup­port our work this Christ­mas and year-round – so we can be there for ev­ery­one who needs us and give peo­ple in the most vul­ner­a­ble cir­cum­stances sup­port to leave home­less­ness be­hind for good.

To find out more or do­nate to Cri­sis for Christ­mas, visit cri­sis.org.uk Jon Sparkes, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Cri­sis.

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