22 November 2018

Volunteer Anne O’Neil McTear wrote an article on Glass Door in the latest edition of The Twickenham Guide. Anne offers insight into volunteering with Glass Door and on the atmosphere at the Richmond shelter. She says:

The highlight of each evening, is when everyone gets to sit down for the meal together, volunteers and guests sharing food, conversation and understanding.

Anne speaks on the rise in homelessness and the growing need for shelter and how volunteers and support can make all the difference.

The Winter Night Shelter is an awful thing to recognise the need for, but yet a positive thing to see in action, it’s practical, sensible and hope giving for guests and volunteers alike.

Full publication of this article is available for download as a pdf

Focus on the Vineyard Community Centre

A separate piece was written about homelessness at Christmas-time by Bob Kimmerling, Chair of Trustees at our partner drop-in, the Vineyard Community Centre.  "There will be early Christmas celebrations at the Vineyard attended by about 100 people, with turkey and all the trimmings, crackers and carols," Bob wrote. He adds:

Christmas can be a particularly lonely time for homeless people.... Some do manage to not only get shelter and warmth but also to enjoy company and celebration of Christmas.

To give someone else shelter and support, see our Christmas Appeal or check out our top ways to give this Christmas.