Christmas Appeal 2021

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Help us raise £10,000 so we can provide people affected by homelessness across our range of services with a gift or a hot meal at a time when they feel alone.

Many of our service users have experienced Christmas sleeping rough - often feeling like outsiders at a time when they see loved ones Christmas shopping and wishing they could experience the same.

Jason was homeless at Christmas

Jason said; "Last Christmas I was living in my friend’s van, drinking to excess to keep myself warm. I was working occasional cash in hand jobs where I could to try to get money for my children’s Christmas presents -while neglecting my own needs like having food. I would wash in local streams or wherever I could to try and make myself presentable for when I did see my Children.

"Christmas is the season of giving but it felt like there was nothing left for me. I felt like a burden to my family. It was really hard watching other people go home to their families while I went back to the van."

"This will be my first Christmas with SSJ; I’m really looking forward to helping make the Christmas dinner as originally, I was a chef by trade. I have a roof over my head and a warm room - the staff are helping me with seeing my children and getting them Christmas presents. It's tough not being with my family but I’ve made a lot of progress since being at The Society of St James. I’m now sober and working hard to get my own place."

By supporting the Society of St James this Christmas, you're providing more than hope for people like Jason, you're providing them with great memories that help transform their wellbeing and mindfulness at a time when they feel alone.

Help us raise £10,000 so we can provide people affected by homelessness across our range of services with a gift or a hot meal at a time when they feel alone.

Any money raised above this will go towards helping vulnerable people take the next step forward in 2022 by buying I.D, bus passes, smart clothes for job interviews, and more.

What happened in 2020?

Thanks to your generosity, we were able to spend £4,500 on Asda Gift Vouchers for residents, approximately £4,200 on Christmas dinners for residents with suitable facilities, and where this wasn’t possible the Cafe in the Park produced a special Christmas hamper which was distributed to residents. Many residents were able to enjoy spending time with other service users and the true spirit of Christmas was in place for those who benefited from the 2020 campaign.

Help us raise £10,000 this Christmas