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Landlords to check tenant immigration status from December

Government plans to force landlords to check the immigration status of tenants have been criticised by homeless charity Crisis over concerns it could prevent the vulnerably housed from finding a home.

A pilot scheme, due to start in the West Midlands from December 1, will require landlords to check renters’ documents to prove their immigration status as part of the new Immigration Act. Continue reading

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Crisis launches new art show in Bermondsey

Homeless charity Crisis has launched a new exhibition featuring 12 artists chosen by Turner prize winner Mark Wallinger at its art centre in Bermondsey.

Bow Arts Open Show, showcases visual, performance, conceptual and realist work.

The educational arts charity has held this annual event for the past 10 years and this year starts on 12th – 28th September, 11am – 5pm at the Bermondsey Project, 46 Willow Walk, SE1 5SF.

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Crisis welcomes guests for Christmas

Salim playing cards with Crisis Volunteers

Pic: Courtesy of Crisis

The number of rough sleepers in London has nearly doubled since 2009, with almost 6500 estimated to be in the capital this Christmas. To help tackle this issue Crisis, a national charity dedicated to ending homelessness, opens day centres and night shelters across London every Christmas.

This years ‘Crisis at Christmas’ was the busiest yet, with almost 4000 people visiting the centres over the festive season. This could not have happened without its 9000 amazing volunteers, who helped give people the chance to access services and facilities across the capital.

Volunteers – who range from hairdressers, to washer-uppers and doctors – are the charity’s front line of support over Christmas and help to deliver the charity’s objective of breaking the cycle of homelessness; by using their wide ranging skills to offer food, companionship, entertainment, hairdressing, massage and  general health and advice services.

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Artwork on display at the South East London Day Centre.

On Sunday 29 Dec, The Big Issue Online Journalists were at the South East London Day Centre. Alison, an arts and crafts tutor, who has been volunteering at Crisis for Christmas for 16 years told us: “It makes you feel great when people appreciate what you do. I really think you get as much out of it as they receive.” Adding, “I am always amazed at the talent and skills of the people who come into the centre. I think it is wonderful that they get the space and materials to create some amazing work, as this really helps them gain in confidence and realise their potential.”

As well as bringing a wealth of human experience and talent many guests also carry a wide range of needs and issues. George, a pensioner, loved the food and was most appreciative of being able to see a free dentist, as being homeless can make registering with medical practitioners very difficult.

For many it is the health provision at Crisis for Christmas that helps them the most. Over tea and a mince pie in the communal eating hall Carmel, who is disabled, said: “I could have my eyes, ears and teeth checked all at one time, struggling back and forth between services can be a big challenge for me”.

Bernadette, who had just enjoyed a massage and is delighted with her new haircut, first attended a Crisis centre 3 years ago. Since that time Bernadette said she has made a number of new friends, adding: “the social contact [that the centre provides] has really helped me overcome my isolation.”

Bernadette makes a strong point. With live music, people chatting, playing chess and generally socialising, there is a real sense of togetherness and belonging at the centre this Christmas.

To find out about the great work Crisis does all year round visit their website

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Prison-art exhibition opens


Homeless charity Crisis is holding a new art exhibition to showcase works by people who have spent time in prison.

The aim of the exhibition, Inside Out, is to help  who have been affected by homelessness or been marginalized to rebuild their self-esteem and confidence in life.

The artists have produced the artwork while in jail, on probation or while trying to rebuild their lives within the community.

The exhibition is being held at Crisis’ creative centre, The Bermondsey Project, in south London and will run until August 4 and will feature drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and films.

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