Christmas gift appeal for Scarborough’s homeless and vulnerable

Changing Lives, the Scarborough based  DISC project that helps homeless and vulnerable adults has issued an appeal for gifts so that its service users can enjoy some Christmas cheer.

Changing Lives provides accommodation support to local people in Scarborough, as well as providing outreach support to clients for a maximum of two years in duration.

The service aims to make positive changes so service users halt the cycle of offending, homelessness, substance misuse, anti-social behaviour and self-harm – all of which put a significant strain on local police and health services, especially at this time of year when these services can be extremely stretched.

Items such as toiletries, warm socks, woollen hats, gloves, DVDs, CDs and kitchen utensils are most welcome, including items that make a house a home, helping to make Christmas special for the service users.

Julie Nichol, Service Manager at Changing Lives, said: “We would be incredibly grateful if anyone could donate just a small gift to our service users. They would be making a huge difference, some donations will go to people that will receive only one Christmas Present this year.

“Whilst most of us can look forward to a Christmas surrounded by friends and family, with gifts to open and good food to eat, our service users, without your help, may have nothing.

“We want to make their Christmas with us this year memorable and happy, with presents to open on Christmas Day. We want to be able to give gifts to the 18 people we support so that they too have something to open during the Festive Season.”

Last year, thanks to the generosity of the public, 18 service users received at least 3 Christmas gifts each, with the residential project enjoying a special day with presents and food for everyone.

This year, the service is once again caring for 18 homeless and vulnerable people who have experienced childhood neglect, abuse and trauma. This includes six people in supported accommodation along with 12 people in floating support. Changing Lives provides access to a wide range of support services that work flexibly to engage and meet the needs of this particularly complex and chaotic client group.

To refer someone who could benefit from the service in Scarborough, please call 01723 861444.