By Helen Turbull, Associate Podiatrist
Last Christmas, I had the opportunity to volunteer in a homeless shelter providing a podiatry service to those who are homeless and less fortunate.
Christmas can be an incredibly difficult time for someone who is cut off from family and friends and who is not fortunate enough to have a cosy home with deliciously home-cooked food to eat. Crisis’ main aim is to provide companionship and support to tackle loneliness and isolation and to help people take their first steps out of homelessness.
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They assist people in rebuilding their lives, through connections with housing, health, education and employment services but ultimately they want to see a change in the way society thinks and acts towards homeless people.
During Christmas and Boxing Day, 300 volunteers provided 282 guests with an enjoyable day of services such as hairdressing, massage, arts and entertainment and podiatry, whist tucking into a home cooked Christmas dinner.
I was a witness to the impact these simple acts had on the people who attended; the gratitude and appreciation displayed in return of my time and expertise from the people I treated and the general atmosphere of the centre made the whole experience incredibly rewarding; much greater than any material present I could have received that day and for that I am volunteering my time again this Christmas! Visit www.crisis.org.uk/pages/christmas if you would like to read more on the charity or if you’re interested to get involved yourself!