Media Release: Quarriers to serve up life skills and hope for Glasgow’s young homeless this Christmas

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-  Charity launches its 2015 Box of Hope Appeal, encouraging supporters to help give young people essential life skills and hope this festive season -

QUARRIERS, one of Scotland’s largest social care charities, has launched its ‘Box of Hope’ Appeal at its Stopover Service for young homeless people in Glasgow.

The Appeal hopes to raise awareness of the plight of the city’s young homeless people and help them develop essential life skills, confidence and independence.

To help build a feeling of hope, Quarriers is calling on supporters to dig deep and spread a little festive joy amongst youngsters facing homelessness this Christmas.

Donations are made in the shape of a ‘Box of Hope’ which will contain basic living essentials for the winter to help a young person build towards a better life.

In order to promote their personal development, Glasgow chef and star of The Great British Menu, Jacqueline O’Donnell, shared a range of easy, healthy and tasty recipes, which were being tested out by youngsters at the appeal’s launch.

The three options of Boxes for supporters to donate include:

  • A £10 Starter Box with basic winter essentials such as toothpaste and shower gel which most people would take for granted – representing what a young person arriving at a service will need.
  • A £20 Christmas Box with items such as a hat, socks, gloves, pyjamas, chocolate, an electricity card and food voucher, which may be the only gift a young person receives – representing a sense of belonging at a time when they can feel lonely and isolated.
  • And a £50 Moving on Box containing basics, such as a kettle, towels and cutlery to support young people to move on to their own tenancy – representing the gift of hope for the future.

Donations can be made at or by calling 01505 690 875.

The appeal hopes to provide a Christmas box for every young person who will spend this Christmas at one of Quarriers’ homeless services, and to provide a starter pack for every young person who will arrive at a service in the next year.

Quarriers runs a number of services across Glasgow that support young people who will benefit from the Box of Hope Appeal and the charity believes the campaign can have a significantly positive impact on some of the city’s most vulnerable youngsters.

Fiona Nicolson, Quarriers head of Children’s Services, said: “Christmas is not all about cosy family get-togethers for some of the young people in our services. The truth is that some of the people we support have not had a happy childhood, and many of them have never experienced a good Christmas day.

“Our staff work hard to bring some festive spirit into their lives with kindness, compassion and good food.

“This appeal is important as it gives our supporters the opportunity to give young people  – who are experiencing homelessness, and who may not  have family or other support – some dignity, belonging and hope for the future this Christmas.

“The Box of Hope also tells the young people that others do care for them as well.”

Quarriers’ services help young people turn their lives around by working with them towards a more positive future. The charity’s services focus on everything from participating in new activities to finding education or employment opportunities as well as developing practical skills such as cooking and budgeting.   

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Picture captions:

Sandrine Borg (r), of Quarriers, tries out Jacqueline O’Donnell recipe with youngster Coregh at the launch of Quarriers’ 2015 Box of Hope Appeal.

About Quarriers

Quarriers is one of Scotland’s largest social care charities, providing practical care and support for thousands of vulnerable children, adults and families who face extremely challenging circumstances.

Quarriers runs over 100 services across Scotland, and is expanding its work in England, with services in Bath, Swindon, Cheshire and South Shields.

Quarriers’ services support adults and children with disabilities, young people facing homelessness, families facing poverty, unpaid carers and people affected by epilepsy.

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