Crisis Christmas appeal for £28.87 very different to Shelter

Crisis Christmas appeal for £28.87 very different to Shelter

9:33 AM, 4th December 2019, About 3 years ago 15

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The Crisis Christmas appeal is for donations of £28.87 to reserve someone a place for their support package this Christmas and introduce them to the education, training and support to help end their homelessness for good through Crisis’ year-round services. Click here

The Crisis plan for this Christmas and the year ahead:

A Welcome with hot food, initial assessment and companionship

Health & wellbeing: Medical checks, opticians and new clothes

Counselling: Needs assessment, someone to talk to and help with mental health

Employment & skills: Courses, training and CV writing

Housing advice: Finding safe, affordable housing, and support with paying rent and bills

Ending homelessness: Providing people with support to leave homelessness behind through Crisis’ year-round services

The Shelter Christmas appeal concentrates on the plight of the often hidden child homelessness

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said: “The fact 183 children become homeless every day is a scandalous figure and sharp reminder that political promises about tackling homelessness must be turned into real action.

“Day in, day out we see the devastating impact the housing emergency is having on children across the country. They are being uprooted from friends; living in cold, cramped B&Bs and going to bed at night scared by the sound of strangers outside.

“Every child has the right to a safe home and if we act now, we can help get them to a better place. So, every donation will mean Shelter can be there for the children and families who need us this Christmas.”

To donate to Shelter’s urgent Christmas appeal please visit

However the Shelter donation does not seem to go towards anything immediately practical:

“Shelter’s urgent appeal will pay for frontline services to support children and their families facing bad housing and homelessness this Christmas. We campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.”

The contrast between the two appeals reflects the far more political nature Shelter.


Dr Monty Drawbridge

11:26 AM, 7th December 2019, About 3 years ago

I worked at a Crisis drop in center in SE London for three days from Xmas Eve to Boxing Day last year. I was hugely impressed by the relaxed and inviting environment they provided. The feedback from the guests was truly heartwarming and the volunteers - especially the key organisers, who do an outstanding job - were a truly wonderful bunch from all walks of life. As a volunteer I felt that I had gained as much as any of the visitors from the experience. This year I am visiting family abroad so have donated instead but hope to help out again.

Well done Crisis.


8:54 AM, 9th December 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Dennis Leverett at 04/12/2019 - 11:38
Yes, I have just seen the advert and he was given 15 minutes to vacate and had lived there 14 years. I would really, really, really like to know if he had a bum landlord who just threw him out or if he was given all the opportunity in the world to sort something out re his accommodation but couldn't manage it - in which case he wasn't just given 15 minutes notice!

Robert Mellors View Profile

9:07 AM, 9th December 2019, About 3 years ago

Landlords cannot give just 15 minutes notice, and Crisis & Shelter know this, so in that sense the advert must be wrong and is deliberately deigned to mislead the public. If a landlord did evict in that way, the local authority's private renting team would get the person back into the property or take action for unlawful eviction!
Landlords do not evict for no reason.
In most cases landlords give the tenant ample chances to correct whatever the issue is that is leading to the eviction (e.g. pay the rent arrears, stop the anti-social behaviour, etc).

Whiteskifreak Surrey

9:27 AM, 9th December 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Robert Mellors at 09/12/2019 - 09:07
Indeed. I wonder where are Landlords Alliance, NLA & RLA - why are not out there protesting? Why are not contacting Crisis and asking for the correction? We LLs pay them a membership, and I really do not see all of them doing much (if anything) to represent us....

Chris @ Possession Friend

22:00 PM, 9th December 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Dennis Leverett at 04/12/2019 - 11:38
Dennis is right to point out that whist Crisis are a much more 'practiclal Help' rather than faux-charity like No-Shelter, Crisis do occasionally paint the Landlord as the 'bad guy' !

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