St Petrock’s Rough Sleeper Service will be providing special meals, gifts and treats to support people without a home through the Christmas period – and continuing their ongoing, personalised support to help them towards a more settled way of life.
We are so grateful for the wonderful community support we receive at what is a difficult time of year for many; thank you. Below are some ideas you may like to consider to impact the lives of vulnerable local people – not just at Christmas, but to set them up for the year ahead.
Take our ’12 Days of Christmas Challenge’:
Addressing homelessness involves much more than putting a roof over someone’s head. Help meet the range of needs people may experience on their journey towards a more settled way of life by taking on our ’12 Days of Christmas’ challenge – as an individual, family or team.
Give More Than A Gift:
If you would like to give more than a gift this Christmas, your seasonal donations are the most effective way of making a lasting difference in the life of someone in crisis. These examples show the lasting difference your donations can make this Christmas on someone’s journey towards a more settled, fulfilled way of life.
Donating in place of a Christmas gift for a friend or family member? If you contact us with details of your payment and the recipient, we can send you a gift receipt via email to let your loved one know the impact their gift will have.
Festive Team Fundraising:
Why not consider holding a festive bake sale, organising a collection in place of sending Christmas cards, or as part of a Secret Santa to generate a bit of Christmas spirit in your workplace? If you are working from home, you might like to consider festive online fundraising through a Christmas costume competition or sponsored festive event via Zoom. You can also set up your own personalised fundraising page here to get some team spirit flowing and keep track of your progress.
Purchase an essential survival equipment or clothing item from our Amazon wishlist to support rough-sleepers accessing St Petrock’s daily survival services. Items are delivered directly to us, and enable us to manage our limited storage space effectively. (By using https://smile.amazon.co.uk instead of https://www.amazon.co.uk, Amazon will also donate a percentage of your spending to StP’s – or a charity of your choice – at the same time).
Shopping with Amazon Smile:
If you’re doing your Christmas shopping online this year, you can help raise funds at no extra cost at the same time. By using https://smile.amazon.co.uk instead of https://www.amazon.co.uk when you’re shopping with Amazon, Amazon will donate a proportion of your spending to the charity of your choice.
- Visit https://smile.amazon.co.uk
- Under “Or pick your own charitable organisation”, type “St Petrock’s (Exeter) Ltd” and click “Search”.
- Click the yellow “Select” button next to ‘St Petrock’s (Exeter) Ltd’.
- Check the “Yes, I understand….” box and click “Start shopping”. All done!
- Don’t forget to bookmark https://smile.amazon.co.uk for the next time you shop
Collections of Essential Items & Gifts:
We’re very grateful for essential donations and small gifts to help brighten up our clients’ Christmas. However, people’s generosity at this time of year can be a little overwhelming for a small charity with limited storage space, particularly with Covid restrictions and quarantine measures in place! You can help us with this by:
1) Contacting us before organising a collection to ensure we have capacity. If we don’t have capacity to take your donation, we’d be very grateful if you could consider supporting us by one of the other measures above.
2) Be aware that if full, we may unfortunately have to ask you to hold on to larger collections of needed items until the new year (They will still be very well used & appreciated then!)
3) Collecting items from the attached Wishlist (only).
4) Ensuring larger items are given loose. Smaller gifts can be wrapped, but NOT put in shoe boxes please. (These cause big waste issues in our centre at a time when we’re trying to ‘go green’.)
5) Please be aware that about 85% of people accessing our centre are male.
In order to keep our centre Covid-secure, we are unfortunately unable to take any additional volunteers over Christmas this year. Sorry for any disappointment – we hope to welcome new support for Christmas 2021.
On behalf of all at St Petrock’s THANK YOU for your amazing support of local people who are homeless or vulnerably housed – we couldn’t do this without you!
Wishing you a peaceful and happy Christmas.