Youth stabbed outside homeless-help centre set up at a Hackney school

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A YOUTH WAS STABBED outside a Hackney high school as it hosted a Crisis At Christmas pop-up centre.

The 17-year-old was cycling past the City Academy, the secondary in Homerton High Street E9 6EA, when he was knifed by another male, who is said to have known him.

Crisis staff took the injured teenager to the school foyer to administer first aid and phoned emergency services. An ambulance and police arrived soon after.

His injuries were described as not life-altering or life-threatening.

The  end-of-year northeast London centre is one of several pop-ups run annually by Crisis, the charity with the declared aim of ending homelessness in Great Britain.

The venue was able to refer more than 100 guests, as users of the centres are known, to residential centres. Forty were found accommodation for the week.

For the week of its opening, the ground floor of the centre is transformed into a mini Christmas village, where guests are given what many most crave: respect. The daily sessions, which ended at 9pm, were attended by about 800 guests.

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They can drink as many teas, coffees, hot chocolates, soft drinks and biscuits as they want. at no charge, and eat three meals a day, as well as legal advice; healthcare consultations, including dentistry (38 people were seen by volunteer dentists), optometry, podiatry and physiotherapy; massages; yoga; haircuts; nail treatment, and clothing and clothing repairs.

Almost 200 warm showers were taken by guests. Street people with dogs can have their pets temporarily minded elsewhere.

Several volunteers who had undergone training as first-aid instructors persuaded 15 guests to learn first aid, a creditable example of cascade learning.

Just under 600 people, many of them millennials, from Hackney and other parts of northeast London — some from as far away as Newark in Nottinghamshire — gave up their time over Christmas to, in the words of a Crisis staff leader, “make the world a better place”.

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