If you have no place to call home – Christmas is the hardest time of year.
This year a record number of local people have no safe place to call home. In the last 12 months, Turning Tides supported over 900 people.
As 2021 ends, we are seeing more and more local homeless people arrive at our community hubs feeling lost and terrified. Redundancy, failed businesses, mental health issues, relationship breakdown and domestic abuse are all on the rise. These factors all contribute to homelessness. Across the UK, 1 household is becoming homeless every 3 minutes. Last winter, for example, more than 60,000 households became homeless – and that was before the recent ending of the furlough scheme and the hike in living costs. Heaven knows what awaits us in the months to come. We are facing a homeless emergency.
Christmas is often the hardest time of year for people we support. We know from experience the harsh winter weather and heartache of the festive season can reduce people to a truly hopeless place. We want to ensure no one faces the trauma of homelessness alone. WE NEED YOUR HELP.
By donating you will help us welcome people into our frontline services and provide food, clothes, warmth and round the clock support over the festive period. You will help us ensure despair doesn’t steal people away. Your donation enables us to provide advice, guidance and practical support. By welcoming people into our services we have a chance to listen and to help them build a lasting pathway out of homelessness, ensuring that no one goes though the trauma of homelessness alone. This is the gift you could give someone this Christmas.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will my donation contribute towards?
Your donation will not just be giving someone a Christmas meal – you’ll be providing warmth, shelter, food, access to counselling and other practical support – from housing, to employment. We will do everything we can to give them some respite from the harsh realities, challenges and difficulties they face during the winter months. Your donation could provide the first steps in changing someone’s life. For some, Christmas could be the new beginning they need and your donation might be the first step to help change someone’s life.
What will happen at the Community Hubs at Christmas?
Our Community Hubs in Littlehampton and Worthing will continue to provide access to a hot shower, clean clothes, food and other essentials. Outreach workers will continue to scour the streets and countryside, working hard to support homeless people across the county to provide them with everything they need. In Worthing, we will have a food truck serving delicious food to those sleeping rough and our frontline workers will be on hand to support clients accessing the help they need.
Throughout the county we will be offering a Festive Friend to anyone experiencing homelessness. Christmas is often such a difficult time for many of our clients and having someone to to talk to can bring such warmth and strength. We will ensure that no one goes through the trauma of homelessness alone.
What will homeless men and women receive at Christmas?
People who are living in Turning Tides’ accommodation will receive a food hamper with everything they need for a Christmas feast – as well as treats. All the donations provided by our generous community will go straight into the projects to ensure each and every client knows how much their community cares about them. Volunteers will be visiting our projects decorating homes and bringing the warmth of the festive season as they cook amazing feasts with all the trimmings.
Crucially, our frontline staff will be on hand with emotional and practical support – treating everyone with dignity and respect. Whatever a person’s circumstances, we are determined to show them they are cared about. ‘Festive friends’ – volunteer befrienders will also be checking in on all our clients regularly across the region throughout December and especially on Christmas Day to show them that they are not alone.
Cards written from members of the community with supportive messages will be delivered to our clients, ensuring that your heartfelt message for a brighter year ahead are shared.