Over 8,000 volunteers will help run nine centres across London which also offer training and education opportunities. Seven centres are already in place, hosted by academies and colleges to provide an inspirational environment.
The charity is calling on businesses or individuals to offer empty buildings over the Christmas period, ideally in East or South East London, the City or Southbank. Crisis can utilise a wide range of buildings from office blocks to public buildings.
Leslie Morphy, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: "Without the extraordinary generosity of building donors year in, year out, Crisis at Christmas would not be possible. This year we have already found seven suitable buildings – we are now searching for our final two."
Ideal building specifications
-Crisis will handle all utility costs, planning and insurance issues and we return buildings in the same state (and often better) as when inherited. References from previous landlords can be provided on request
-Situated in East London, City, Southbank or South East London
-From 20,000 – 60,000 sq feet
-Mix of large interior spaces and smaller areas and rooms
-Functioning water, electricity, gas and heating systems
-Kitchen area or space where kitchen can be installed
-Outdoor areas dental units and services parking
-Preferably way from residences and shops
-Close to public transport links
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