AS the cold nights of winter draw in it becomes more apparent how important home is to us all.

While most of the country will be getting ready to celebrate with loved ones and looking forward to a home cooked Christmas dinner, there will be thousands of people facing the struggle of having nowhere safe to call home.

Many of us will have noticed the rising number of people sleeping on the streets where we live or work.

But what we don't see is that for every person on our streets there are another 12 families or individuals stuck in hostels, on sofas and in unsafe and insecure accommodation.

No one should be forced to live, or spend Christmas, this way.

That’s why – outside of our year-round services – Crisis in Merseyside is running activities for our members in December, providing people experiencing homelessness with a range of activities from visits to the seaside to tours of museums.

We're asking members of the public to help support our work this Christmas and year-round – so we can be there for everyone who needs us.

So, please help reserve a place for someone at a Crisis Christmas centre, you'll be helping to make someone’s wish to end their homelessness a reality.

To find out more or to donate to Crisis this Christmas please visit Steve Hardin, Director of Crisis Skylight Centre in Merseyside.