Giving Back to the Community This Christmas

Giving Back to the Community This Christmas

With only a few weeks until Christmas most of us will be feeling the excitement these holidays bring, a moment to relax and spend time with loved ones. However, not everyone in the UK will be feeling positive about the upcoming festivities.

Christmas can be a very different story for the hundreds of thousands of people who don’t have a place to call home, bringing about feelings of uncertainty and misery. With temperatures plummeting, rough sleepers are finding an already difficult life increasingly tough. The homeless are becoming more and more reliant on goodwill gestures and help from charities across the UK, who are dedicated in helping those in need by providing food and a chance of respite from the cold.

One charity in particular is Sheffield’s very own Cathedral Archer Project. Established around 1989, when the cathedral itself became a regular place of shelter for those who have nowhere to go. The project offers shower facilities, laundry services, 1-1 interviews for those looking to get back into work, a medical room and a professional kitchen. It’s clear to see that charities such as this are a lifeline to people with nowhere to go, but they need all the help they can get.

Emily Bowes, Marketing and Development Manager of the Cathedral Archer Project said: “At the Cathedral Archer Project, we support homeless and vulnerable adults from sleeping bag to employment. Donations, especially of food, are really important in helping us to do this as they allow us to continue to provide breakfast and lunch to on average 75 people a day.”  In order to keep projects such as the Cathedral Archer Project running, it is important that those who have the ability to help do so.

After a conversation in the office about the increasing numbers of homelessness in our city of Sheffield, we decided to do something to help. Later that week, we had an office whip around and managed to raise £180. With this money we went and collected essential items that the average person takes for granted such as washing powder, hygiene products and food.

Although this gesture may be relatively small in the mission to tackle homelessness, we thought we’d start where we can. This Friday the Archer Project have a carol service starting at 12:30-1:30pm at the cathedral located in heart of Sheffield’s city centre. If you would like to get involved in helping the project in any way, please see the link below.

There are fantastic projects all across the UK that are dedicated in helping those who desperately need it. Why not give back this Christmas?

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