National homelessness charity Crisis is calling on FHT members to provide complementary therapies for homeless people at its temporary centres this Christmas.
Crisis at Christmas 2016 runs from 23 – 30 December, with centres set to open across London, Birmingham, Newcastle, Coventry and Edinburgh. As well as warmth, companionship and hot meals, guests will receive healthcare and specialist advice on housing, work and benefits.
The massage and natural healing services provided by volunteers are hugely valued by guests, giving them access to treatment they may otherwise miss out on during the rest of the year.
If you practice traditional massage, shiatsu, reflexology, Indian head massage or aromatherapy please sign up as a Massage Volunteer when applying. Massage Volunteers will work as part of a mobile service based at Link Rough Sleepers Centre, with transport provided to and from the other centres in London.
If you practice natural healing, reiki or cranio-sacral therapy, please sign up to be a Natural Healer Volunteer.
Crisis at Christmas centres are run by thousands of volunteers from all walks of life with registration now open at crisis.org.uk/volunteer.
Homelessness has increased markedly in recent years, with rough sleeping more than doubling since 2010, rising by 30% in the last year alone.
Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said: “Christmas can be an extremely isolating time for those without a home to call their own. Many of us can take for granted the companionship and shelter we enjoy at Christmas, yet one in four homeless people spends the festive period alone. This year, the number of rough sleepers in England has continued to rise at an alarming rate, and across the UK tens of thousands of people do not have a proper place to call home. Unfortunately, Crisis at Christmas is as important as ever this year.
“It is only through the generosity of thousands of volunteers that help make Crisis at Christmas happen for homeless people. Volunteers can not only bring some much-needed cheer to our guests but also encourage them to take up the life-changing opportunities on offer all year round at our centres across the country.”
FHT Members – we know that many of you have been kind enough to support Crisis in previous years. Please let the FHT know if you support Crisis this Christmas, as we’d welcome a short write-up for International Therapist.