Christmas Is Not Cancelled

November 2020

Christmas is not cancelled

– as we prepare to support more people than ever before this winter

Donate OnlineThis month sees us launch our Christmas Appeal – in response to a looming crisis in our community as homelessness escalates this winter.

Covid is taking a rising number of jobs and livelihoods, leaving local men and women without a home – just as the harsh winter months and a second wave of the pandemic approach.

Some local Councils already report a doubling of people presenting as homeless. Moreover, the ban on evicting tenants, put in to place at the beginning of the pandemic, has now ceased – taking away the last safety net for many between home and the street.

For men and women forced to sleep rough, and particularly for those homeless for the first time, surviving the winter will be unimaginable.

In previous years, communal night shelters have saved lives during severe weather. But these communal spaces do not allow for safe social distancing – so this winter brings unprecedented challenges.

For those living on the streets, it is hard enough to find food, and stay warm and dry. But Christmas can bring heartache too – it highlights what is missing from a person’s life: family, food, safety, happiness.

At Turning Tides, we are determined that Christmas will not be cancelled. Caring is never cancelled and we want these men and women to know they are not alone. 90% of the people we support are local people – they are our neighbours – and we’d like to show them that their local community cares.

In the weeks to come, across the north and south of the county, outreach workers will be searching the streets and countryside to bring help to people who are forced to sleep rough. Our Community Hubs will provide hot showers, clean clothes, warm food and other essentials. People who are rough sleeping will receive a takeaway Christmas dinner and a Boxing Day food box with gifts. The people in our hostels will sit down to a full Christmas dinner. Crucially, Turning Tides’ frontline keyworkers will be on hand every day with emotional and practical support – helping to rebuild lives.

To support the appeal you can make a donation – and your donation isn’t just for Christmas – it provides food, shelter, counselling and support through our year round services. Your donation could be the first step towards changing someone’s life.

If Christmas is going to be different this year – let’s make it the right kind of different. Let’s make it a new beginning for men and women with nowhere to call home.

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