This Christmas, some people will find themselves struggling with addiction and homelessness for the first time. With your support, SCT can work towards making it their last Christmas facing such complex challenges, and make next Christmas significantly easier.
As winter approaches each year, the cold weather means rough sleepers and people in precarious housing need additional care and support. At the same time, the dark winter months can be long and difficult for people with complex mental health needs.
This year in particular, the pandemic has had a huge impact upon housing, employment, mental health, and addictions.
- Recent figures show that more than half of rough sleepers in London are sleeping on the street for the first time.
- Since lockdown began, 17% of people in Britain are drinking more, and 30% of people are drinking earlier in the day. Experts also found that the general population have been drinking at “higher risk levels” since the pandemic began.
- About 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, meanwhile, more than half of adults and over two thirds of young people said that their mental health has gotten worse during lockdown.
- The ONS found that between July and September 2020, the unemployment rate across the UK rose to its highest rate since 2016, while redundancies reached a record high.
Complex issues demand a complex approach. At SCT, we help the “whole person” to achieve long-lasting recovery, offering support with housing, training, and employment, along with specialist addiction counselling, long-term support with mental health issues and complex needs. Underpinning all of our work is a friendly local community who are always there to help people along their journey to recovery. In a regular year, without the impact of a pandemic, we have been able to help over 600 people on their journey to recovery.
CEO of Spitalfields Crypt Trust, Steve Coles, writes:
“Last Christmas, there was no way we could have predicted how challenging, unpredictable and unsettling 2020 would be. This Christmas, more people than usual will find themselves struggling with addiction and homelessness for the first time and I want to make sure we are doing everything we can to help them on their path to recovery.”
A key part of our approach is the Training and Development Centre, where people in recovery can try out new things, learn valuable skills, and gain work experience. At the Recovery Hub, we run regular weekly classes including woodwork, art, gardening, and IT skills.
We are so proud of the work our students have done this year, particularly during lockdown. Each year we see people progress tremendously. People like *John have achieved a huge amount this year and will be continuing this hard work through 2021 and beyond:
“I look forward to next Christmas and I can see so many possibilities. My primary aim is sobriety, one day at a time. To ensure I can achieve this, I will continue to work with SCT at one of their move–on houses, where I will carry on with the AA program. I have aspirations of becoming a teacher in the future, as well as getting more involved in music. I have developed a sense of identity and self-worth over the past nine months where I can see these goals as very attainable and manageable. “
Donations made to SCT will go towards supporting people like *John along their recovery journey.
If you choose to donate a one-off gift, your gift will be matched pound for pound. This is thanks to the generosity of a private donor. This is capped at £10,000 and we will update this page once this amount has been reached.
If you choose to sign-up to a monthly gift of at least £9, you’ll receive a pack of Christmas cards, designed by the people that we work with in our therapeutic art classes.
As we endure winter and the second wave, people need our help more than ever. From all of us at SCT, thank you for your kind support this Christmas.