Businesses club together to help the homeless

WITH just a few sleeps to Christmas, the Whitechapel Centre (the leading homeless and housing charity for the Liverpool region) is working with a number of local companies to help ensure that the people who need it the most receive practical Christmas presents and essentials.

The team at Formby-based signage and print specialists, Signworks, have been helping to raise money for the Whitechapel Centre. They’re also inviting customers to drop off the items that the Whitechapel Centre needs most urgently at this time of year.

They’ll be joined by several other companies, including Advantage Home Construction Insurance (AHCI), a leading provider of structural defects warranties, based in Birchwood. AHCI is also supporting the Whitechapel Centre by making a donation to the charity and has also been inviting their customers to drop off useful items at their offices.

David Sumner, Sales Director at Advantage (AHCI), said: “Every year we assist thousands of people into their dream homes so we see every day the comfort and safety having a roof over your head brings. The Whitechapel Centre do amazing work in helping some of the most vulnerable people off our streets and into accommodation and we are delighted to support this important cause”

The Whitechapel Centre is the leading homeless and housing charity for the Liverpool region. They work with people who are sleeping rough, living in hostels or struggling to manage their accommodation.

The charity is committed to helping people find and maintain a home and learn the life skills essential for independent living.

As both Signworks and Advantage Home Construction Insurance (AHCI) are ‘official helpers’ of the Whitechapel Centre, visitors to their businesses have been dropping off the items they need the most at the drop off-points at these businesses. They include: Carrier bags and sleeping bags, yoga mats, socks, men’s boxer shorts, women’s underwear, long sleeve T-shirts, spray deodorants, men’s toiletries and men’s or women’s coats.

Also, in the lead-up to Christmas, the charity is asking for: Gift vouchers, men’s toiletry gift sets, chocolates and boxes of biscuits which will be given to those in need.

The Whitechapel Centre was established in 1975 to meet the needs of homeless people in Liverpool and now has more than 80 members of staff and 40 volunteers. By working with local companies and individuals across the North West, they have helped 1,648 homeless people back into accommodation between 2017 and 2018.

If you would like to donate, here are the details of how you can contribute: