As Christmas celebrations get under way this week London's Green MEP, Jean Lambert, turned her thoughts to the Capital's homeless people as she visited Crisis Open Christmas (COC) today, marking the 35th anniversary of the centre.
Jean, who has recently been working with homeless support organisations across the Capital, today praised Crisis for the essential work they carry out throughout the year. Jean said; "We should not forget that the homeless are vulnerable at all times, not just at Christmas, but the festive season can be particularly lonely for those without a home or family and they need more support than usual. It is perhaps even more difficult for the 'hidden homeless' who may be sleeping on friends floors for example.
"This years COC model with seven local centres offering shelter, warmth and companionship, is an excellent way of giving people the opportunity to make a long term positive change. By connecting with local services guests can explore ways to learn new skills and opportunities as well as accessing more permanent support.
"With over 20,000 guests assisted and a quarter of a million meals served already over COC's lifetime Crisis are making a real difference to those that find themselves in vulnerable situations. However I do hope that they will have fewer people in need next year."
Crisis Open Christmas will be open between Saturday 23rd and Saturday 30th
December at a variety of locations across London.
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Notes to editors:
Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.