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Acland Burghley

Crisis at Christmas

Crisis at Christmas

We are delighted to be donating the use of our building – thanks to our partners Schools Plus – during the December break to Crisis at Christmas in order to provide up to 100 homeless people a place to stay. Crisis will be delivering a series of assemblies for students on this in the week commencing 5 December. Crisis have been working with a group of Y8 students to develop projects focussing on fundraising for Crisis, creating a “welcome wall” of messages ready for the arrival of our Christmas guests, and asking all students to write a Christmas card or message to one of our guests.

Ways to help:

° If any staff, families or students (aged 18+ if unaccompanied and 16-17 if accompanied by a parent) wish to volunteer at the school over the Christmas period, please follow this link: http://www.crisis.org.uk/pages/current-opportunities-london.html.

° We have decided to collect Christmas presents for the women that will be staying with us. If any staff, students or families wish to donate a present to help make their Christmas, please bring them to reception. Previous bulletins stated that the presents would preferably be wrapped, but in fact we need presents to arrive to us unwrapped, please.

° Alternatively if you would like to help support Crisis at Christmas by donating any of the goods in the list shown, please deliver them direct to the Crisis Warehouse at Units 2/3/4, Castle Wharf, 58 Orchard Place, London E14 0JW. The warehouse is open for deliveries between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Wednesday until Monday 12 December 2016. Please note: food and drink 'use by' and 'best before' dates must extend past 31 January 2017. Find out more here: http://www.crisis.org.uk/.

Message from Ian Richards - Head of Crisis Christmas

Dear Acland Burghley staff, students and families

Thank you for your generous support which will enable Crisis at Christmas to help 100 people take their first steps out of homelessness. For eight days over Christmas, we will be able to provide a warm, safe place to stay, a place of companionship and compassion, prepared meals and organise more than twenty specialist services for our guests.

Activities are organised to enable guests to discover hidden talents, explore new interests, develop new skills and nurture creative ability as well as taking part in a Christmas crammed full with all forms of entertainment otherwise denied to them.

Most of all, we were able to offer individual attention and the housing, employment, well-being or benefits advice to provide opportunities for our guests to transform their lives and have ‘hope’ for a better life in 2016/17.

The outlook for homeless people has never been more discouraging. Homelessness continues to rise relentlessly yet many homeless people are turned away to sleep on the streets. They are simply not a priority for many local councils. Condemned to lead a dangerous life, they are 13 times more likely to be the victim of crime and have a life expectancy of just 47 years… 30 years less than the average Briton. A scandal in one of the World’s most prosperous countries.

Your support has never been more vital and with it we can once again make a real difference for the many thousands of people who have no home. Thank you.