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Crisis at Christmas

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Crisis at Christmas

Everyone at BRUIN is actively encouraged to get involved with charitable organisations. In addition to our CSR initiatives, the BRUIN team are able to take 2 days every year as paid time off to volunteer for personal causes. Last Christmas, 3 of the BRUIN team volunteered for Crisis at Christmas, the national charity for homelessness.

“This was the first time I have joined a Charity action over the Christmas period and I have to admit that the whole experience was quite humbling. I worked on couple of posts suc20141224_003518_resizedh as washing plates, welcoming/ signing guests into the centre and overlooking the sleeping area over 2 days. It’s funny how this experience burst a little bubble I was living in and actually made me appreciate the small things and people that are part of my life. I enjoyed the experience so much so that I have decided to join the Wimbledon Half Marathon in June and raise money for Crisis Christmas 2015. It is very easy to get stuck in a routine especially in the City, but there is always time to do something greater !’ Ana Maria, VP – Consultant.

Visit Ana Maria’s JustGiving page to sponsor her half marathon run, fundraising for Crisis at Christmas 2015.

Facts and figures to sum up the magnitude of just what has been achieved over Christmas in 2014:

  • Around 3,620 guests came to 10 centres across London
  • More than 10,000 people donated their time amounting to approximately 30,000 volunteering shifts
  • Over 30,000 meals were served across the week
  • 656 healthcare consultations took place

Crisis at Christmas 2014

Over the Christmas week Crisis provided warmth, comfort and access to vital services for homeless people across 12 centres in London, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

Teams of advisors were on hand to help with everything from housing to immigration issues. Four dental units and dozens of dentists worked flat out every day. Foot care and eye care teams sorted out guests’ feet and issued free prescription glasses. There was art being created, creative writing being done, films being watched in 10 cinemas, bands and performers being enjoyed and karaoke being endured.

Football enthusiasts were coached by Premier League professionals and almost every centre participated in the annual 5-a-side football tournament at the City of London Academy with West London Day Centre narrowly beating Outreach Rough Sleepers Centre in the final.

There were art gallery and theatre visits, hundreds of guests had their hair cut and hundreds more enjoyed a massage. Hundreds of Skype sessions took place with many guests managing to get back in touch with their families. Others relaxed in cafes and libraries, played chess and board games and many more just sat and chatted.

Across London, a fleet of over 100 vehicles ferried warehouse supplies and guests to and from the centres.

104 Crisis Skylight members worked as ambassadors helping out with all of the tasks mentioned and, more importantly, promoting the great work that Crisis does year round at Skylight centres.

For more information on the fantastic work of Crisis visit their website.