Christmas Challenge

Christmas Tree

Christmas, New Year and Bank Holidays. For most of us, it's a time of celebration, but for those who are homeless, it's too often a day of painful memories of wrong turns, families lost and forgotten love.

Your gifts help restore broken lives and broken families all year-round, providing homeless men, women and children with hot meals, safe shelter, and hope. But at Christmas, your generosity gives them something more here at The Whitechapel Mission, a taste of family and the love we all crave. Thank you!

Volunteering at the Whitechapel Mission

Throughout the Christmas period, we will be open very day and need volunteer groups.

These groups are made up of no less than 6 and no more than 10 people and they are responsible for ensuring the continued services of the Whitechapel Mission. We supply one member of staff to supervise/assist. The Centre opens at 6am and closes at 11am each day. You will be required to be on-site by 5:45 latest. We do have a car park available for your vehicles.

We do not know how many will arrive on any given day. It may be as few as a hundred or as high as three hundred, but we feel that if there is only one person knocking on our door then we should open that door and make them welcome.

The first task of the day will be to prepare and cook breakfast. This requires the preparation and cooking of bacon, sausages, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, hash browns and eggs. Buttering of bread and making of toast. We will make and serve over 400 cups of tea, and 600 cups of coffee.

At 8am, some of your volunteer group will serve breakfast, while others continue to cook more breakfasts and others will collect plates, wipe tables and wash up. There will be a rush at 8am for breakfast, which will last for about 20-30 minutes and then continue for an hour or two at a steady rate.

During all of the morning, we will be giving out towels, soap, razors, shampoo and toothbrushes.

At about 10:15am we can begin to clean the kitchens down and prepare it for the next days group.

By 11am the daycentre will close and we will begin the big clean-up. The Dinning area will need to be swept and mopped. The toilets will need to be cleaned and hosed. The shower area will need to be cleaned and prepared for the following morning.

By 11:30 we should be finished for the day.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Whitechapel Mission, please visit our diary page, or contact our office on 03000 111 400.

It is important that the group should not be less than 6 and not exceed 10. It should be made up of people that are over 16 and are able to spend a long time on their feet.

Christmas 2020

Wed 16th Dec 2020
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Thu 17th Dec 2020
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Fri 18th Dec 2020
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Sat 19th Dec 2020
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Sun 20th Dec 2020
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Mon 21st Dec 2020
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Tue 22nd Dec 2020
Wed 23rd Dec 2020
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Thu 24th Dec 2020
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Fri 25th Dec 2020
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Sat 26th Dec 2020
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Sun 27th Dec 2020
The Brent Methodist Church
Mon 28th Dec 2020
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Tue 29th Dec 2020
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Wed 30th Dec 2020
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Thu 31st Dec 2020
Castle Point Team
Fri 1st Jan 2021
Volunteers Needed!

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Volunteers play a crucial role within the Mission, serving breakfast, sorting clothing or working one to one with people who are homeless.

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Our Impact in 2019

  • Over 5,200 volunteers, offering over 36.400 hours of their time.

  • New figures reveal that 16,134 people were found sleeping rough on any given night in England in 2018/19, an increase of 32% on the previous year.

  • Figures reveal that 8,096 people were found sleeping rough on any given night in London in 2018/19, an increase of 7% on the previous year.

  • Rough sleeping in England has now increased by 250% since 2010

  • 24% of rough sleepers have been on the streets for 2 years or more.

  • 108,398 breakfasts served during this year, an average of 297 a day.

  • 5,698 different people used our services during this year.

  • 2,457 people used our advice services during the past year. 566 were women.

  • 24% of people using our services are under 26 years of age.

  • 49 people use the Whitechapel Mission's address to receive their post.

  • 47 people were helped to find employment

  • 58 were referred to drug or alcohol programmes.

  • 298 people received help in claiming benefits.

  • 32% of people using our services have been in care at some point.

  • 15% of people supported by the Whitechapel Mission have been in the armed services.

  • 63 people found permanent accomodation, either a flat or apartment. 312 people found a hostel during this year.

  • 29 birth certificates purchased during this year.

  • 52 people came to us without any form of ID at all.

  • 23,800 showers during this year.

  • 38% of people using our services have been in prison.

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challengeEnglish councils accused of hiding scale of homelessness crisis

Critics point out change of compiling method led to decrease in total count of rough sleepers

The Guardian - 25-02-2019