While the vast majority of us in the UK live in warm and comfortable homes, there are still thousands out there that don't have such good fortune. Unfortunately, homelessness is a troubling issue that's only getting worse year after year. While it mainly affects big cities like London and Manchester, you'll find smaller areas also have their fair share of rough sleepers who are in need of help.
Why Volunteer For A Homeless Charity In Croydon?
There are many reasons why someone may end up homeless, from failing to get full time employment because of health problems, to simply having no family to turn to when things get tough. The cost of housing is also a major factor - especially in areas like Croydon, which is counted as one of the top 13 places for rates of homelessness in the UK.
While we may not be able to change the state of the job and rental market, we can assist the nation's most vulnerable people by getting involved with wonderful homeless charities. From providing free and affordable housing to offering up long-term welfare and employment support, here are just some of Croydon's local charities that are always in need of extra pairs of hands.
Homeless Charities In Croydon That Need Your Help
Crisis is a national homeless charity and one that has received over £3 Million funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery. In Croydon, you'll find the Crisis Skylight Centre on Surrey Street which offers various support services for the area's homeless.
The Croydon Skylight Crisis Centre provides free advice to those who are sleeping rough or are at risk of doing so. This support is tailored to the individual, and includes housing help, education services and job training.
Crisis is always in need of people to help out with their campaigns and fundraising. Why not get involved with a charity event in Croydon? You could also contact the Skylight Centre directly for more volunteering opportunities.
Part of The Trussell Trust, Croydon Foodbank is based just around the corner from West Croydon station. It's been offering homeless and underprivileged people in the local area emergency food supplies since 2013.
As well as providing three-day emergency food bundles, Croydon Foodbank also provides free hot meals and drinks to clients visiting the centre. It works from a referral system that sees organisations, from health services to the police, passing on vouchers to those in need who can then use them at the foodbank. The charity is always in need of volunteers, to not only donate food items but sort through them, so they can be more easily and fairly distributed.
How Can You Show Your Support?
Give back to your community by getting involved with volunteering, fundraising or campaigning for one of the amazing charities in our Local Causes directory. Playing People's Postcode Lottery is another great way to help good causes.