Homelessness

Crisis UK opens Christmas centres across London, Edinburgh and Newcastle from 23-30 December that offer vital companionship, hot meals and warmth, and a wide range of essential services that homeless people often miss out on.

What can I do as a volunteer?

There are lots of things you could do - here are some ideas:

  • General volunteers welcome guests, serve food, sort bedding or just make sure things go to plan
  • Logistics volunteers co-ordinate food deliveries, volunteer as drivers or navigators and input data
  • Service volunteers give guests access to services they usually miss out on. Crisis are looking for medical professionals, advice practitioners, hairdressers, alternative therapists, caterers, dog handlers and many more
  • Activities and entertainment volunteers such as performers, musicians, magicians and sports trainers to help to inspire and entertain guests at the centres

How much time can I do it for?

The centres are open from  22-30 December. Volunteers are asked to sign up to a minimum of two shifts on two separate days and are welcome to apply for more should they wish.

How do I apply?

To find out more and to apply visit the Crisis website or telephone 0300 636 1000. Volunteers can sign up from 15 October on the Crisis website.

If you don't live in London

You can still volunteer for a homeless charity – and not just at Christmas either. Take a look at our own suggestions for what you can do.