National homelessness charity Crisis is calling on optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical assistants to provide treatment for homeless people at its temporary centres across London this Christmas.
Crisis at Christmas 2014 runs from 23 – 30 December, providing warmth, companionship and hot meals. Guests will also receive healthcare and specialist advice on housing, work and benefits.
The opticians’ service, provided in partnership with Vision Care for Homeless People, provides eye examinations of the same standard as those completed on the High Street. Last year, 268 guests had their eyes tested, with 242 dispenses.
Crisis at Christmas centres are run by thousands of volunteers from all walks of life with registration now open at Crisis Volunteer Application.
Homelessness has risen substantially in recent years, with government statistics showing a 37% rise in rough sleeping in England since 2010.
Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said: “Being homeless can be a cold, miserable experience and never more so than at Christmas when most of us are sharing in the warmth of family and friends.
“By helping make Christmas happen for homeless people, volunteers can not only bring some much-needed cheer to our guests but also set them up with the chance to have a more positive year ahead through our life-changing services.”
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