Despite living in the world’s sixth biggest economy, homelessness affects hundreds of thousands of people across the UK and even more billions across the globe. As of 2023, more than 1.6 billion people live in inadequate housing conditions. The cost of living and housing crisis in the UK means that sadly more and more people are facing homelessness.
Recent Government data estimates that in June 2023, 2,893 people were sleeping rough in England, which is an increase of 18% since June 2022. 29% of those people were new and had not been sleeping rough before. Between April 2022 and March 2023, English Councils supported 298,430 households to prevent or relieve homelessness, which is 6.8% higher than
the previous year and 3% above pre-covid levels in 2019-20. The number of households living in temporary accommodation in England are at an all-time high. As of March 2023, 104,510
households were living in temporary accommodation, including 65,000 households with children. More people than ever are facing Christmas without a safe place to call home.
The Whitechapel Centre is the leading homeless and housing charity in Liverpool, working with people who are sleeping rough, living in hostels, or struggling to manage their accommodation. The charity is committed to helping people find and maintain a home and learn the life skills essential for independent living. They run a myriad of vital support services, including street outreach, food parcels, clean clothes, and accommodation.
Volunteers from Seddon, Robertson and Clear Futures came together and rolled up their sleeves to support the charity’s Donation and Essential Items Provision Service. Donning
Christmas hats and impersonating Santa’s little helpers they worked in partnership to unload and sort incoming donations, put together food parcels and created household starter packs
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