Tuesday 1st December 2015
Rough sleeping and homelessness is rising. 7,581 people slept rough on the streets of London during 2014/15, a rise of 55% since 2010.
Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people is looking to recruit volunteer sports enthusiasts to support homeless people’s health and wellbeing during Christmas week.
This year, Crisis at Christmas will open ten centres across London between the 23 and 29 December, providing a lifeline for thousands of homeless people across London and are particularly looking for volunteers at the Link Rough Sleepers Residential Centre in Bermondsey.
Mental and physical ill health is both a cause and a consequence of homelessness. 70% of clients of homelessness services in England have mental health needs (as well as physical ailments caused by rough sleeping) and Christmas can be a particularly difficult time of year for people without a home.
Crisis are looking for volunteers with a passion for sports who can run small group sports sessions for guests, helping them to build their strength and flexibility, have fun and hopefully think about continuing to exercise in the new year. Football is one of the most popular activities in their centres each year with the inter-centre football competition a highlight for many guests.
To apply as a volunteer you just need to follow this link: http://christmas.crisis.org.uk/ and select ‘Activities’ and then ‘Health, Wellbeing and Sports – Activity Leader’ when prompted. Crisis ask volunteers to do a minimum of 2 shifts and the shifts are between 10am – 7pm to allow time for a briefing, promoting the sessions to guests, running a couple of sessions and then a debrief at the end of the day. The setting is informal so volunteers are asked to be flexible in their approach.
You can watch a SHORT VIDEO ABOUT THE 2014 PROJECT HERE>>
The goal is to end homelessness through life transforming services and campaigning for change. It can’t be done alone but with your support this Christmas, we can make a real difference to the lives of homeless people.