Homeless Holloway charities unable to open this Christmas

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Islington Homeless charities are in need of venues and volunteers to keep running this year - Credit: PA

Homeless people in Holloway could suffer over the Christmas period, as charities are struggling to find venues to offer their services.

A spokesperson for the Pilion Trust told the Islington Gazette that they are unable to run The Crash Pad - a winter shelter for young people experiencing homelessness - this year, because they “can’t find a building to run it from”.

The People’s Army, a group that supplies meals to the homeless, is also facing problems finding volunteers and a venue.

The group, which cooks meals at the Prospex youth centre on Wednesdays, is run by Hazel Jhugroo.

Hazel said: “I contacted The Crash Pad to offer to supply hot meals to them, but found out that they weren’t running."

Last year, the group provided hot meals from December 23-27.

Hazeladded: “We are looking to partner with existing projects to help with their community lunches, as finding volunteers is harder now that lockdown is over”.

To support Pilion Trust visit www.justgiving.com/piliontrust

Learn more about The People's Army at www.facebook.com/groups/217553886278372