A HOMELESSNESS charity is calling on kind-hearted Coventry residents to help city rough sleepers this Christmas.
Crisis is urging local people to spare some of their time this festive period to volunteer at the Coventry and Warwickshire Crisis Skylight Centre.
For the first time the Centre in the heart of the city will open on Christmas Day to provide warmth, companionship, hot meals and entertainment provided by volunteers.
Roles that need filling include general volunteers to chat to guests and serve food; service volunteers to cater, drive and lead activities; and entertainment volunteers such as musicians and artists to create some Christmas cheer.
Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said the charity needed Christmas volunteers more than ever following an ‘alarming rise’ in the number of rough sleepers in England.
He added: “Christmas can be a lonely, isolating time for homeless people – all of whom deserve the shelter, companionship and support many of us take for granted at Christmas.
“By helping to make Christmas happen for homeless people, volunteers can not only bring some much-needed cheer to our guests but also set them up with the chance to have a more positive year ahead through the life-changing services at our Crisis Skylight centres.”
Volunteer registration is now open. Visit www.crisis.org.uk for more.