Homelessness is on the increase. More people than ever are facing Christmas without a safe place to call home. Your support is needed more than ever to help us to end homelessness for people across our city.
The number of households in England who became homeless or were at risk of homelessness has increased 6.8% on the previous year, a staggering 298,430 households, including 104,460 families with children. In Liverpool we worked with 4,368 individuals, a 15% increase and our outreach team saw a record number of people sleeping rough, 564 individuals, a 27% increase.
The Whitechapel Centre works with people experiencing homelessness every day of the year but Christmas is a particularly difficult and emotional time. We try to make it a little better for anyone who is sleeping rough, offering a warm welcome, Christmas lunch and a gift. We'll also be distributing gifts and Christmas treats to over 900 clients around the city. For many, this will be their first Christmas without their own home.
We can only do this because of the kind donations we receive. We’re running a Christmas appeal with several ways to support us – volunteer, donate useful things, buy Christmas cards or virtual gifts, or support us financially. Your support will help us continue our work this Christmas and give people the hope and opportunity to change their lives throughout the year.
Please give if you are able to. Thank you.
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£10 pays for internet connection for a month so clients can contact family, welfare services and employment opportunities
£25 provides a gift and Christmas food hamper for someone staying with us on Christmas Day
£50 could buy a home starter kitchen kit for someone moving into their new home.
Examples of how your donation can help:
£5 a month – buys work boots and safety gear to help someone back into work
£10 a month – could buy new boxer shorts and socks for someone who has slept rough
£25 a month – funds emergency food & toiletry packs for people in temporary accommodation
Please support us with a single or regular donation.
DONATE BY TEXT
Text 'WHITECHAPELXMAS 5' to 70085 to donate £5.
This costs £5 plus a std rate msg. Alternatively, you can opt to give any whole amount up to £20. Thanks!