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Crisis warns of beds shortage if final building not found

The centres provide companionship and support to alleviate loneliness and isolation and help people to take their first steps out of homelessness.

Over 8,000 volunteers will help run nine centres across London which also offer training and education opportunities. Eight centres are already in place, hosted by academies and colleges to provide an inspirational environment. Due to last minute withdrawals, one building remains to be found.

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.

Mick Bateman, Head of Crisis at Christmas, said: "Though we have managed to secure eight buildings for Crisis at Christmas 2010, we are still one short. Our fear is that without this last building we will be 150 beds short of our target, and unable to accommodate many who desperately need a bed over Christmas."

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

If you know of a suitable building please contact Mick Bateman on 020 7036 2824 or email mick.bateman@crisis.org.uk

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