27th January 2020
The visitors were treated to a three-course Christmas dinner, free haircuts and donated food and clothing, and they were also offered free advice and guidance from external partners in the city.
The event, now in it’s fifth year, was organised by the College’s Student Engagement Team, in partnership with homeless charity, The Whitechapel Centre, and Merseycare and supported by staff, student volunteers, and the City of Liverpool College Students’ Union.
Students from across the college were involved, from trainee Air Cabin crew serving meals, to professional cookery students leading on the catering. Hair and beauty students were also on hand to offer treatments and barbering students free haircuts. The guests could take hot showers, and were given fresh underwear and toiletries; and they were also provided with donations from students, staff and volunteers. Each visitor received a hat, gloves and thermals to keep them warm during the searing winter months.
Elaine Bowker, Principal of The City of Liverpool College, said: “Christmas isn’t a happy time of year for everyone and for some, it can be an incredibly difficult and lonely time. We hope that our ‘Open House’ event goes some way to giving these vulnerable people joy during the festive season.
“We know how powerful acts of kindness can be, which is why we always encourage our students to volunteer and take part in activities such as this to support those who are less fortunate, particularly during the festive season. We’re so grateful to all of the students and volunteers who gave up their time to give back to the local community and give the city’s homeless a much-needed boost.”