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192.com Helps Crisis to Help Homeless People In London this Christmas

Friday 19 December 08

Free access to leading people finding website to help reunite families

192.com and Crisis today announce that they have joined forces to help reunite homeless people with their families this Christmas.

Free access to the UK’s leading people finding website, 192.com, will be provided to all guests in Crisis’ 9 residential and day centres over the Christmas break.

The Christmas centres open from the 23rd to the 30th of December and offer homeless and vulnerable people companionship at a time of year which can be particularly lonely for those without a home or family.

192.com sees a surge in activity on the website at this time of year as hundreds of thousands of people search for friends and family. It’s also the only time of year when Crisis provides emergency shelter.

Alastair Crawford, CEO of 192.com commented, “Christmas is one of the most popular times of year for people finding. Whether it’s just to make a phone call, send a card or spend some time together. We want to encourage everyone to take the step and find the people most important to them this Christmas, no matter how long it’s been since they last spoke”.

Leslie Morphy, CEO of Crisis said, “We see this as a great initiative which not only supports the homeless over Christmas but also gets them back in touch with their family where possible. While the centres are setup to provide much needed comfort over the Christmas break, to reunite just one person with their family would be a fantastic outcome”.

About 192.com

192.com is the de facto standard search engine for finding people, business and places in the UK. Established in 1997 by Alastair Crawford, founder of UK-Info Disk and Wasabi.com, the multi award winning 192.com has over 5.5 million users accessing unequalled breadth and depth of data.

192.com searches over 640 million records including free directory enquiries, local business listings, interactive mapping, aerial photography and property reports. Its premium people finding service is #1 in the UK searching Electoral Rolls and Director Reports as well as Directory Enquiries. 192.com has a wealth of case studies to draw on with thousands of friends and family being reunited through the site every year. To find people for yourself, search 192.com today.

About Crisis

Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people. We are dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change. Our innovative education, employment, housing and well-being services address individual needs and help people to transform their lives.

We are determined campaigners, working to prevent people from becoming homeless and advocating solutions informed by research and our direct experience.

We have ambitious plans for the future and are committed to help more people in more places across the UK. We know we won’t end homelessness overnight or on our own. But we take a lead, collaborate with others and, together, make change happen.

Crisis Christmas is our most well known project and has been running since 1972. In the last 36 years we have welcomed 24,000 homeless guests at the Crisis Christmas centres. This year we plan to open 9 centres across London from 23 to 30 December. These centres will not only provide food, shelter and companionship to our homeless ‘guests’ but a range of vital services including housing and benefits advice, full health checks, visits to a hairdresser or dentist and access to training, further education and job advice. The objective is to provide homeless people with permanent solutions as well as emergency support. Today Crisis Christmas is the largest volunteer led charity event in the UK with 6500 individuals giving up their own time to make Christmas a happier time for more than 2000 homeless people over Christmas week. For many of our guests, coming to Crisis Christmas is often the first step towards rebuilding their lives. 

For More Information

For more information including real-life case studies please email us at press@192.com