CIS helps kick-start the Lifeshare Christmas project

Homelessness charity Lifeshare is kick starting its Christmas recruitment campaign, with help from Manchester-based financial services provider Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS).

Over the Christmas period each year, Lifeshare opens a drop in centre for homeless people, those in temporary accommodation and those in crisis. From December 20 to 30, Lifeshare needs around 200 volunteers to ensure this project runs smoothly carrying out a range of tasks from general assistance to entertainment, from driving to becoming members of the medical team.

Over the 10 days the centre is open from 7.00am to 7.30pm, serving over 5,000 hot meals throughout the project.

Lifeshare spokesperson, Debra Molyneaux, says: “We need to recruit around 200 volunteers for the project, and CIS has already begun to spread the word amongst its 4000 staff members at its chief office complex, as well as making a generous donation of £5,000 to help fund the project. The work is very rewarding and helps to give people who may otherwise feel lonely and isolated a Christmas to remember.”

CIS&#39s social accountability manager Paul Burke says: “CIS is heavily involved in volunteering throughout the year and by encouraging our staff to volunteer for this project we hope to ensure its success this Christmas. But we cannot do it alone, we need many people from across the region to volunteer and to support this project.”

For further details contact Lifeshare on 0161 953 4069 or email office@lifeshare.co.uk. If you can&#39t spare the time to volunteer then you may like to donate Christmas food and goodies, toiletries, Christmas presents, winter clothing or money to Lifeshare.

Volunteers will need to attend one of the following training days:

Saturday 30 November 10.30am – 2pm

Wednesday 4 December 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Saturday 7 December 10.30am – 2pm

Wednesday 11 December 6.30pm – 9.30pm

For further information about Lifeshare log onto www.homelessness.org.uk.