The number of homeless people in the UK is rising. Latest figures from the government show a rise of 16% compared to 2016.
Despite promises from successive governments to tackle the issue the numbers have continued to rise since 2010 when 1768 people were recorded sleeping rough in England compared to 4134 in 2016 showing a rise of 134% in 6 years.
Perhaps, the most difficult time for homeless people to cope is Christmas when temperatures plummet in winter and feelings of loneliness and isolation are at their highest.
Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people provides help and support to homeless people throughout the year. Over the Christmas period they open special centres where homeless people can seek shelter, warmth, company, food and drink and access to a whole host of medical and holistic services.
The centres are run by an army of up to 10,000 volunteers, allocated a broad range of duties as well as specialists such as doctors dentists etc.
Crisis used to take over empty building and bring them to life installing services and adapting them for their use but they now prefer to source existing premises with facilities that are empty over the Christmas period such as schools.
The centres house an amazing range of services but the public has little insight about the amazing work that goes on in these centres and the hope and comfort it brings to those who use them, albeit for a brief period of time.
I spent four years working as the official photographer for Crisis documenting everything that goes on inside the shelters. I've compiled a gallery from my archive to give you an insight of the wonderful range of activities and the amazing work by the volunteers without which none of it would be possible.
To find out more about the work of Crisis click on the following link: https://www.crisis.org.uk
Scroll down to see all the thumbnails in the gallery. When you're ready, click on the first picture and use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard for easy navigation.