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Crisis at Christmas

February 19th 2013

A reader has contacted us with some kind words about Crisis's annual Christmas offering…

"I have been attending Crisis at Christmas in London for some years now and have always found the events both supportive and enjoyable. As one who has experienced homelessness and who has no family to speak of, I have always found such venues most welcome. After all, if you have no home or family, where on earth do you go for Christmas? Crisis is now part of my lifestyle and in many ways I think I have a better Christmas than some of my friends!

"Of course, Crisis may not be for everyone. Just finding the centres can be a challenge, including even discovering the way in. They are often crowded, noisy and grubby and sometimes there appear to be queues everywhere. However, if you arrive early in the morning, all can be sweetness and light. Occasionally the volunteers outnumber the clients and you may even encounter lots of volunteers all busy chatting to one another rather than to you.

"Meals are abundant, although both quantity and quality may vary. There is always plenty of tea and coffee. In most centres, you can have your hair cut or get a massage or even have your nails brushed! Sometimes you can obtain new clothing or at least get your existing clothing mended. You can also meet doctors, nurses, counsellors and so forth and you might even find yourself running out of problems to discuss!

"There are films and television and music. You can play an instrument or dance or join in a sing-along. You may wish to take part in art and craft activities. Curiously, it feels like being back at boarding school and I almost expect a teacher to jump out at me and ask me why I am not keeping myself busy. Mercifully that no longer happens and we clients can now enjoy ourselves by simply relaxing or even sleeping in one of the many lounges.

"Tony Porter"




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Chairman of the board

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Wearing a jacket to beg?

Teens found guilty of killing Ralph Millward

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iHobo game causes controversy

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Homeless interrogation

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Credit unions

New counts are optional

Nobby on stage

I will never forget you, my people

London homeless services in limbo over £3.28m cuts

Disused night shelter re-opened for winter months

Coventry Cyrenians forced to cut services

London hub success for new rough sleepers

Crisis Skylight in Birmingham - a year on

Residents look ahead to staff upheaval

Midland Heart report

Labour call for hefty council tax levy on empty homes

Stik pic for the American Church

Lottery grant means new opportunities

Mungo's launches women's campaign

Homeless people forced into slavery

Homeless couple marry in Australia

Number of homeless in Southend underestimated

Basic banking for all

NSNO expands into west London

Scottish homeless applications drop by 19 per cent

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Invisible People film UK homeless

The demilitarised zone in North America’s drug war

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Crisis at Christmas

The Pavement is recruiting

Rough sleeper donates $250 to charity

Food voucher scheme scrapped

Commemorating friends and companions

Human rights for all

First person: Gemskii on regaining control of her life

The shades come off

Upfront: spikes

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Opinion: All up in smoke?

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The Pied Piper of Housing

March for the Homeless

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The vulnerability ruling

The Queen’s speech

Criminalising homelessness

116-bed hostel for young homeless to close in Southwark

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Hipsters neutralise anti-homeless spikes

What the Brexit will happen now?

Anti-homelessness protesters threatened with eviction, jail by Manchester city council

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A pianist, an artist, a dog called George and a new homeless app

Living water

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Councils back change in law to tackle rising homelessness

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Mayoral hustings on homelessness


A major step in reducing homelessness?

Liverpool Police homeless curb beggars belief

Charity begins at home?

Legal aid charade

Surviving the streets – by those who've done it

Stop the scandal

Glasgow homeless services at risk

Bill gives councils legal duty to stop homelessness

Homeless Grenfell survivors afraid of deportation

Remembering those who have died in the past year

Safer injection action update

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