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Give back this Christmas and feel good

Sophie, Wellbeing Champion, discusses how you can give back this Christmas…

Christmas for most of us, is one of the happiest times of the year. Presents wrapped in green, gold and red wrapping paper, mulled wine on the stove and the Polar Express on replay – what could be better? For some – a toothbrush, sleeping bag and a pair of thick socks are luxury items. There are hundreds of people sleeping rough on the streets here in Cardiff, and that number has risen by almost half in the last couple of years.


Many hands make big change…

If you’ve ever caught yourself wondering how you can give something back during this time of selflessness and generosity, look no further. After a highly successful event in 2015, the ‘South Wales gifts to the Homeless’ is running again this year. Katie Bernard, the student responsible for the event hopes to double the events achievements this year, from last year’s 1000 gifts and £705 worth of food vouchers to a whopping 2000 gifts and £1500 worth of food vouchers. If you’d like to make a donation, as little as £1 from everyone who reads this, would help to smash the target amount. If you’re interested in giving a small donation, please click here.



How can I get involved?

You don’t have to spend any money, just have a look around your homes… Do you have a body wash that you have never opened? A new spare toothbrush? A spare sleeping bag gathering dust? Anything that can be useful to a homeless person would be appreciated.

If you want to donate money that is also gratefully received.


Getting involved is simple –

  1. Find an empty shoebox and decide whether your gift is going to be for a male, female or a unisex gift.
  2. Grab your housemates and fill it with any of the following items:
Umbrellas Bottled water Toilet paper Socks
Hand sanitiser Blankets Raincoats Gloves and scarves
Sleeping bags Women’s sanitary products Wet wipes Toothbrush and toothpaste
Dog food Conditioner Soap Shampoo
Dental floss Warm hats Shoes Jumpers
Deodorant Hair brush Lip balm A backpack
Razors Needles and thread Pens and paper Torch
Nail cutters Snacks bars First aid kit Gift cards
Watches Cinema tickets Tents Thick socks


If you’ve got any hot drink tokens for Greggs or McDonalds lying about the kitchen then you could pop these in too!

3. Drop the shoebox gift off at your nearest drop off point! The full list of drop off points is available on this Facebook page. Keep your eyes peeled for announcements on the Student Support social media accounts for updates as certain Cardiff University libraries, like ASSL and Aberconway have volunteered as drop off points too!

The students of Cardiff have the power to help the homeless in a huge way this Christmas, so let’s all pitch in and get behind this great cause and change the holiday for those who have so little. For more about this great cause, check out their official Facebook page.


Getting support

It’s important to remember that the homeless men and women of Cardiff are as human as you or I, struggling with their own difficulties in life. Volunteering as a Wellbeing Champion has given me the privileged position of helping fellow students that may be struggling. If you or a fellow student is facing difficulties, please contact Student Support. You never have to be on your own.

Follow this blog to find out where the Wellbeing Champions are during December and in the New Year.


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Merry Christmas everyone! Nadolig llawen pawb!


Best wishes

Sophie, Wellbeing Champion


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