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 Advent ‘House of Good Wishes’ Challenge:
Download our ‘House of Good Wishes‘ template and make up our little origami house to help you reflect on people without a home this winter.
Throughout advent, write out your wishes for people who find themselves homeless & post them into your house.
Get creative in decorating your house and share your pics using #openingdoors to help raise awareness of homelessness in our community.
Add to our Wishing Wheel:
Call in at our new Petrock’s Place Hub & Charity Shop on Paris Street, where we’re inviting the local community to add a strip of coloured fabric & Christmas wish to our window willow wheel.
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? You can also set up your own personalised fundraising page here to get some team spirit flowing and keep track of your progress. Do let us know what you’re up to we can spread the word!
Charity Christmas cards & 2022 Calendar:
St Petrock’s charity Christmas cards are now on sale in Petrock’s Place Hub & Charity Shop. These beautiful cards have been designed by local artist Chris Marriott, and feature 3 local scenes (including a StP’s 25th Anniversary image of our centre).
Chris’s Exeter City Calendar 2022 is also (exclusively) on sale at Petrock’s Place, featuring colourful and instantly-recognisable sites around the city (StP’s features for ‘August’). Do call in for your copy.
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 Survival 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! 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) Collecting items from the attached Wishlist (only).
3) Delivering items to our Petrock’s Place shop on Paris St for sorting (not our homelessness centre, as we don’t have much space!)
4) 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!)
5) 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’.)
6) Please be aware that about 85% of people we support are male.
Our Christmas volunteer slots are extremely popular (and we have a very small kitchen, particularly in Covid-times!) Thanks to the enthusiasm of community-spirited local people, out slots are already fully booked for 2021. Thank you for thinking of us!
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.