Rhythms of Life, a London charity dedicated to providing meals, clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bags to those on the street, is reaching out to the homeless on London’s streets this Christmas.
From Saturday 22nd December to 2nd of January 2019, the charity’s volunteers will be taking to the streets of London, offering a friendly face, hot meals, warm clothes, gifts and toiletries to anyone in need.
Andrew Faris, founder of Rhythms of Life, a former rough sleeper, knows only too well that Christmas can be a lonely and stressful time for people living on the streets. “We have been operating every day of the week for over 10 years, I know many of the guys personally,” says Andrew. “Our aim this Christmas is to reach out the people who are either too proud or unable to get help elsewhere.”
Although limited places in short-term shelters are available, a significant number of homeless people cannot cope with the social pressures of being crammed together with hundreds of others. Addictions can also exclude them from entry. This is why Rhythms of Life has decided to reach out to all those who otherwise fall through the net this Christmas.
Andrew explains, “Instead of expecting homeless people to come to us, our mission is to take our slice of festive cheer onto the streets of London. As well as providing food and material things, our volunteers will take the time to have a chat, discuss problems or share a joke. I know from my own experience, the most important thing of all is to show that somebody cares about you as an individual, rather than just another person in the queue.”
To help Rhythms of Life this Christmas, join the team as a volunteer by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, make a donation by texting RHYT24 £5 to 70070 or visiting our donation page.