An annual event to support those in need during the festive season takes place at Middlesbrough Town Hall next week.
In Out Of The Cold offers support and advice – including much-needed warm clothing and a bite to eat - to people experiencing difficulties in a safe, relaxed and friendly environment.
The annual event – returning after a three-year break due to the Covid-19 pandemic - aims to bring cheer to those who find themselves homeless and in hardship.
In Out Of The Cold takes place in the Town Hall Crypt on Monday, December 18 from 1pm to 3.30pm.
This event which is co-ordinated by Accessing Change Together in Middlesbrough is made possible through the kind donations and volunteering from a range of statutory, private and voluntary sector organisations and members of the public.
Hot food is provided, as well as live music from a local singer George Bailey and the Recovery Choir.
Attendees are given a Christmas gift box, which is made up from donations and includes items such as hats, socks gloves and toiletries and have opportunity to choose warm clothing and access a range of different of services.
Middlesbrough Mayor Chris Cooke said: “In common with many parts of the UK, we are seeing increasing number of people in desperate need of accommodation and other support.
“Working collaboratively with our partners we are there to help those experiencing hardship, especially at this time of year.
“In Out Of The Cold is an opportunity for those individuals who might be isolated or disadvantaged to engage with available help and support.
“It is amazing to see so many organisations and members of the public getting involved to support to support those in need and their efforts really do make a difference.”