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Crisis at Christmas opens its doors for another year

23.12.2017 2346 XX

Crisis at Christmas today opens its doors to an expected 4,700 guests in 13 centres across the country.
Run by an army of more than 11,000 volunteers, the centres in London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Newcastle and Coventry provide warmth, companionship and three hot meals a day. Guests also receive healthcare and specialist advice on housing, work and benefits and an introduction to the life-changing opportunities on offer at Crisis centres across the country during the year ahead.
Crisis has also released new research revealing that more than 9,000 people in Britain are being forced to sleep in tents, cars, trains and buses across the country. This number is forecast to increase to 13,400 (47%) over 10 years if nothing is done to tackle the situation. This is on top of the thousands of people already sleeping rough on the streets.
The charity is now urging governments in Westminster, Scotland and Wales to take immediate action to solve the disaster while calling on the public to support its Christmas appeal as it opens its Christmas centres today.
Chief Executive of Crisis Jon Sparkes said:
“Christmas can be an incredibly difficult time for homeless people. While others are enjoying the company of family and friends, homeless people face a daily struggle just to stay safe and escape the cold. For those living in tents and on public transport this battle can last even longer, because they often end up forgotten, hidden from help and trapped in horrifying situations.
“That’s why every year, as well as our regular year-round services, we are here to make sure thousands of vulnerable people have somewhere safe to spend Christmas – and to offer them the first steps out of homelessness for good. This is thanks in large part to the generosity of our supporters and volunteers, and we need the public’s help to make it happen again this Christmas.
“But as we turn 50, we are clear that we don’t want to be needed at all in the future. The evidence we are publishing today shows how it is possible to end rough sleeping for good – we’re now calling on our governments to act on this, and make sure no one needs to end up in such dangerous situations in future.”
 
In the short-term, the public can donate £26.08 to reserve a place for a homeless person at one of Crisis’ centres this Christmas.