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Christmas cheer for Leicester's homeless at charity centre

The events aim to make it a happy Christmas for people suffering from homelessness Credit: ITV News Central

A homeless charity in Leicester has begun a programme of Christmas events for people affected by homelessness in the city.

More than fifty local volunteers will help with the events, which include coffee mornings, baking classes, games and a Christmas film event.

"We hear time and time again from the people we support that Christmas is the worst possible time to become homeless as many services are closed and this makes getting the right support even more difficult."

"This year we wanted to do something different to ensure that everyone affected by homelessness has access to the help that they need and an opportunity to enjoy some of the festivities that we all take for granted."

– Mark Grant, chief executive of Action Homeless

The centre will also be open during the festive period to provide rough sleepers with emergency accomodation.

Visitors to the centre were given gift bags Credit: ITV News Central


Youngsters design their own Christmas cards

Youngsters at a Birmingham-based charity which helps people with hearing and sensory impairments have designed their own range of Christmas cards, as part of an appeal to help reduce the isolation many older people face at Christmas.

Deaf youngsters from the Ladywood-based Bid Services charity have designed a number of festive cards to help their appeal.

Some of the Christmas card designs Credit: Bid Services

The charity say they received more than 60 designs from children as young as four.

More of the festive card designs Credit: Bid Services

The winning card designs are from:

  • Karsel Campbell-Nottage, Longwill School, aged 4
  • Alishba Azhir, Longwill School, aged 9
  • Megan McGrath, Braidwood Trust School, aged 11
  • Hasanur Hasan, Braidwood Trust School, aged 12
  • Luke Brooks, Braidwood Trust School, aged 13
  • Safa Saleem, Bordesley Green Girls School, aged 14

"We will be displaying all of the artwork at the Deaf Cultural Centre, Ladywood Road, Birmingham, during the Christmas period...The young winners will be visiting us on Tuesday, 8th December, when they will be presented with a certificate and a copy of their printed Christmas card".

– BID Services
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