Glossop volunteer group appeal to help the homeless stay warm this Christmas
Friday 30th November 2018 @ 09:31 by Lauren Entwistle
Community Glossop News

A Glossop-based outreach group are appealing for donations to help the homeless people of Manchester battle the cold this Christmas.

UNITY Outreach Glossop is an organisation that frequently goes out into the city to give out warm clothing, sleeping bags, thermal wear, food supplies and even a hot home-cooked meal.

Jolene Hampson, 37, started the group, which is made entirely of volunteers, following an accident that left her unable to work.

Her sister Nichola, cousin Stacey, mum Nina and her daughter Mary, who is nine, also help by making snack packs, collecting donations and doing nightly outreaches on the streets.

She said: “I got into volunteering around 10 months ago after a bad accident, and after supporting other Outreach teams in Manchester I decided to set up an organisation purely going out of Glossop.

“Every week we go out into Manchester City centre to hand out hot food, clothing, warm drinks, sandwiches and just lend an ear… it’s really tough for them on the streets, especially going into winter as they just aren’t prepared.

“We can see up to 100 men and women in one night, but it tends to range between 60-70 – so without the people, family, friends and businesses from Glossop we just couldn’t do it.”

UNITY Outreach has now launched a Christmas bag appeal, originally aiming to fill 30 drawstring bags with new essentials to be handed out as presents during the festive week.

The group has now sent out 230 bags thanks to the joint efforts of the community, with the hopes of making as many packs as possible by December the 1st for their final Christmas push.

Jolene added: “Glossop has really gotten behind such a fantastic cause… we’re hoping to make that week as Christmassy as possible – looking to have a few turkey crowns donated so we can make hot festive sandwiches to take as well as gifts!”

Due to popular demand, there are limited bags left, but if you’d like to help, they are available to pick up from: Creative Aesthetic and Makeup Artistry, Frock Boutique and Whistlestop Play Café – filled bags can also be dropped back at these locations.

If you’d like to volunteer or want to see a full list of what to fill bags with, you can get in touch through their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/unityoutreachglossop/