Volunteer at Crisis this Christmas

// 17 December 2008

Crisis’ women’s centre is understaffed this Christmas. Charlotte Cooper puts a call out for volunteers

Every Christmas for the last 37 years, the charity Crisis opens the doors of several special centres across London to accommodate a large community of homeless and vulnerably housed people. The centres are open from 23-30 December, and provide a safe space, vital companionship, hot meals and warmth. The centres also offer a variety of services including medical check-ups, free clothing, haircuts and learning opportunities.

I’ve spent the last two Christmas’s volunteering along with a merry band of women at the Women’s centre, a women-only space offering the additional safety and reassurance some women need. There have been whispers that the centre is sadly understaffed, particularly the night shifts (by far my favourite) and this could cause problems for the guests who are staying over.

As a special Christmas gift to someone you don’t know it would be great if you could spare a few nights or days to help the smooth running of the site and help create a warm and friendly home for these women for seven days.

If you are not female there are plenty of other sites that always need volunteers, I would highly recommend checking the website and then having yourself a merry little Christmas.

Comments From You

Kaarina Vanderkamp // Posted 1 December 2009 at 12:31 pm

I would like to volunteer but the link is not working please could this be fixed or another means of contacting Charlotte Cooper about the Women’s crisis centers would be appreciated.

thank you


Jess McCabe // Posted 1 December 2009 at 12:33 pm

Hi @Kaarina, this is from last year – but you can see the details on how to volunteer with Crisis this Christmas on their website. You may have to contact them specifically to ask about volunteering at their women’s centre.

eleanargh // Posted 1 December 2009 at 3:44 pm

Hi Kaarina – when you fill in the Crisis Christmas volunteer registration form you can specify that you want to volunteer at the Women’s Centre. They currently have shifts to be filled every day/night from December 23rd to 30th.

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