College to collect clothing for charity over Christmas

06 December 2019

City and Islington College is pleased to announce it will be involved in a Group-wide campaign to collect warm clothing for the homeless over Christmas.

The initiative, dubbed ‘Winter Wear Drive’, is a Group-wide project arranged by professional staff at the Regent’s Park Centre in aid of homelessness charity Crisis. Capital City College Group encompasses City and Islington College, Westminster Kingsway College and the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London.

Over December, students at our Sixth Form Centre will be invited to make clothing donations in the foyer, by reception. Students at the Centre for Business, Arts and Technology can find their collection point in room G.01.

Organiser Thomas Blundell said: “We are excited to be able to make the most of the great opportunity we have working for London’s largest college group.

“Having 37,000 students across 11 sites puts us in a unique position to make a real difference to London’s homeless population this Christmas.

“The idea came from Mike Magras, Programme Manager for Additional Learning Support at our Kings Cross Centre. We spoke about doing something at the Westminster Kingsway College site and soon realised we could replicate the initiative across the Capital City College Group.

“Last year, deaths among homeless people rose 22%. This is a really important, pressing issue, and we’re very grateful for the enthusiastic response we’ve had from staff so far.”

Crisis is a UK based charity aimed at helping to rebuild the lives of people affected by homelessness. Offering support, advice and courses across 12 areas in England, Scotland and Wales, the organisation’s Crisis this Christmas campaign asks the public to find ways to support their mission during the coldest months of the year.

Sixth Form Centre Deputy Director Bryan Johnston added:

“The role of the College goes beyond sharpening the country’s brightest minds. It is important that we offer our support where possible to help look at and resolve the issues that face our community.”

If you have any spare clothing to donate this Christmas, please visit your centre’s collection point before 13 December with any:

  • Winter jackets and coats
  • Men and women jeans or warm trousers
  • Warm jumpers and sweaters
  • Thermals
  • Scarves
  • Men’s shoes (sizes 9-11)
  • Women’s shoes (size 5-7)
  • Men’s socks (size 9 to 11)
  • Women socks (size 5-7)
  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Winter sleeping bags
  • Personal hygiene items, e.g. deodorant (roll-on) and shaving foam

 

If you want to get involved in making a difference to your community, apply to City and Islington College today at www.candi.ac.uk/apply-enrol

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