This year, Incommunities is bringing some festive cheer to Crisis, the national charity for homeless people.
Incommunities Group Chief Executive, Geraldine Howley was delighted to present a cheque for £1,000 to the charity’s Crisis Skylight Director, Andrew Burnip at a recent homelessness awareness event aimed at housing leaders of the future. Andrew outlined the vital work of Crisis to 23 new recruits to the GEM – Graduate Employment Mentoring – programme run by the group’s Centre for Partnership.
Across the UK, the number of people sleeping rough has doubled since 2010 and risen by 30% in the last year. During 2015/16, 3,425 people across West Yorkshire were classified as homeless.
In the run up to the start of the festive season, the charity will launch its annual Crisis at Christmas campaign to provide companionship and support to thousands of people facing isolation and help them take their first steps out of homelessness.
Geraldine Howley said: “Every year, Incommunities makes a festive donation to a good cause.
“This time we are proud to support the invaluable work of Crisis, the chosen charity of the Chartered Institute of Housing President, Julie Fadden.
“With the colder weather and long nights, Christmas is a particularly trying time for anyone who finds themselves sleeping on the streets. Every day Crisis staff and volunteers work hard to make a difference and change lives. Our contribution will go towards supporting their vital work.”
Crisis Skylight Director, Andrew Burnip, said: “Incommunities wonderful donation is a real boost to our work in providing a lifeline to thousands of homeless people nationally and hundreds in the Yorkshire area.
“Our Crisis at Christmas campaign will see centres open across the UK offering vital companionship, hot meals, warmth and vital services to vulnerable people over the festive period.”