Appeal for volunteers to help homeless people in Corby and Kettering this Christmas

Dennis Binks and some of the volunteers last year

Dennis Binks and some of the volunteers last year

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An appeal has been made for donations as well as volunteers to help people who are homeless this Christmas.

The Candle of Light Christian Spiritual Church in Corby is looking for volunteers to join them as they try to help people who are sleeping rough on the streets of Kettering, Corby and surrounding areas over the Christmas period.

Dennis Binks and some of last year's volunteers

Dennis Binks and some of last year's volunteers

After liaising with various organisations including the police, local councils and social services, they will be heading out to locations where it is known that people sleep rough to offer them warm clothing, bedding and food.

The volunteers will be hitting the streets on December 18, 19 and 20 and could be out until 3am or 4am each night.

They are looking for people who would like to join them or anyone who could offer items which will help those who don’t have a roof over their head.

The Revd Dennis Binks from the church said: “We are looking for sleeping bags, warm clothes, gloves, scarfs, sweatshirts, jeans, socks, overcoats, woolly hats. sleeping bags, tins of soup and thermos flasks.

“If people wish to donate any of the above we are at the Corby Volunteer Service (old TA building) in Elizabeth Street in Corby.”

Volunteers go out in groups of four with two men and two women in each for safety reasons.

Anyone aged over 18 is allowed to volunteer.

The Revd Binks said he thinks there will be more people than ever sleeping rough this Christmas, and added: “You don’t have to have anything to do with the church to volunteer, but you just want to help.

“We are just the organisers and anyone can come along and help as long as they are over 18.”

The campaign to help the homeless has been running for several years, and they usually get 50 to 60 people volunteering for one or all of the nights they go out on the streets to help others.

As well as helping the homeless, the Revd Binks is also looking for volunteers who would like to go out to care homes in the area and chat with residents.

He said: “There are some people in there who never get a visit so we are trying to organise for people to go out and chat to them.

“It’s a good thing to do.”

Anyone who would like to volunteer or would like more information can call the Revd Binks on 07914 270842.