Service News Round up Corporate partners Make it Christmas This year, 25 corporate partners have taken part in our first ever present giving drive, Make It Christmas, and have provided almost 500 gifts to people living in our hostels. SHP elves, also known as Agata, Tara and Mark, have turned Cromer Street into Santa’s grotto, and have spent all week sorting, wrapping and packing up presents to be distributed this weekend. An extra big thank you to all staff from 245 and Cromer Street who ran up and down the Cromer Street stairs loading up the van! Milton house gets a festive make over Three cheers for the brilliant team at 23red, a new corporate partner, who has not only donated gifts to residents of three of our Islington Hostels, but also gave up their time to help decorate them as well. Festive arts in Westminster Clients in Westminster Floating Support were treated to a crafty Christmas party, where they joined together to produce festive wreaths out of recycled fabric. One client, Karen, said that it was the best party she’d been to, and was particularly pleased that the event was wheelchair accessible. Another client, Makala, said she found the party particularly lovely after having a difficult year. SHP’s corporate partners provided refreshments of sandwiches and mince pies. Festive celebrations in Islington Islington Floating Support have been getting clients into the festive mood this week, by hosting 75 clients for Christmas dinner and making sure that the most socially isolated clients each receive a present. The service has also received donations from Upper Street and Holland Walk area housing offices, the Islington Learning Disabilities Team, Calshot Street and Vorley Road Social Services, 305 Hornsey Road , the parents of Canonbury primary school, Magic Daycare Nursery, Workspace, Ehrmanns Wine Merchants , the Healthy Back Bag and Criteo. Clients take part in shoe box appeal This festive season, clients from SHP’s services in Redbridge have delivered gifts to The Samaritans Purse as part of their annual shoe box campaign. Melanie Huxtable, David Evans and Dawn Phillips delivered the presents to the international relief organisation. The shoe boxes will be delivered to children living in war torn countries across the world. Client art exhibited in the British Museum Check out this beautiful Asian-inspired wheel that our Islington clients created, using fabrics, paint and weaving techniques. The piece was exhibited in the British Museum's Great Hall last week to celebrate the unveiling of their refurbished China and South Asia Gallery, alongside a range of other work created by local community groups. One Homeless Festival This beautiful art piece - titled "All of Us" - is an amazing collaboration from clients in our Islington, Lambeth, Westminster and Redbridge services. It was recently exhibited at the ONE Festival of Homeless Arts and features an amazing 192 mini portraits , each one full of colour, fun and personality! Karaoke and dancing for Lewisham clients Kareoke, dancing, games and a huge array of festive food - our Lewisham clients had it all at their wonderful Christmas party, all thanks to our corporate partner, Brewin Dolphin.