Millwall Community Trust and Millwall Football Club once again demonstrated their support for 'Crisis', the national charity for homeless people, during their week-long Christmas campaign between 24th- 29th December 2018.
For six days over Christmas, Crisis opened centres across the country where guests enjoyed hot food, had a free haircut, received healthcare and advice and learnt new skills. A great deal of fun and entertaining activities, which included free football sessions provided by Millwall Community Trust, were also arranged.
Crisis work directly with thousands of homeless people every year. They provide vital help so that people can rebuild their lives and are supported out of homelessness for good. Crisis offer one-to-one support, advice and courses for homeless people in 12 areas across England, Scotland and Wales. How they help someone depends on their individual needs and situation. It could be with finding a home and settling in; getting new skills and finding a job, or help with their health and wellbeing. Crisis use research to find out how best to improve their services, but also to find wider solutions to homelessness. Together with homeless people and Crisis supporters, Crisis campaign for the changes needed to end homelessness for good.
While many of Millwall Community Trust’s various programmes take a well-earned rest over the festive period, a team of Millwall Community Trust coaches volunteered their time to spend six days running free football coaching sessions across two sites in Bermondsey at the City of London Academy and Harris Academy. The week-long football schedule begun on Christmas Eve. Guests were also treated to complimentary match tickets from Millwall Football Club to their Boxing Day fixture with Reading, which The Lions won 1-0. Towards the end of the week, an annual Christmas inter-centre football tournament was hosted by Arsenal Community, which saw a Millwall team from Harris Academy Bermondsey lift the trophy.
Millwall Community Trust coach Victor Borade, who coached the winning team, commented: "The experience was filled with fun, meeting new people in a positive environment. The team itself showed togetherness, an appreciation for life and for the people around them. Winning the football tournament and seeing the joy on the faces of the players was an amazing Christmas gift - a day I will never forget."
Richard White, community development and health improvement manager at Millwall Community Trust, added: "Millwall have been supporting Crisis for many years now and we were delighted to continue our support once again. This couldn’t have happened without the dedication of our staff who worked throughout the festive season and showed real commitment and passion for the work we aim to achieve at Millwall Community Trust."
To find out more about Crisis and the fantastic work that they do, visit www.crisis.org.uk or call 08000 38 48 38.