The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London 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 Capital City College Group staff in aid of the 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.

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Students and visitors are being invited to make clothing donations at the Tottenham centre’s reception before Friday 20th December. Items you can donate:

  • 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. 

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 Westminster Kingsway’s Kings Cross Centre. We spoke about doing something at that site and soon realised we could replicate the initiative across the whole of 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 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."

Interim Deputy Principal, Robin Hindley, said: “By contributing back to our community, the staff and students at the college can support their friends and neighbours through this great initiative.”

CONEL students of all ages get involved in activities that benefit their communities. If you want to get involved in making a difference to your community, apply to CONEL today at: www.conel.ac.uk

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