Last year, 79 of you came together to raise an incredible total of more than £42,000 for Cardboard Citizens during our Big Give Christmas Challenge match funding appeal. We were blown away by the generosity of our community, which has enabled over 100 people experiencing homelessness and poverty to access skills, creativity and community with Cardboard Citizens over the last year. 

We’re delighted to be taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge again this year, at a time when the cost-of-living crisis adds further pressure to people already struggling to get by.

  The cost-of-living crisis and cuts to services are putting the futures of people experiencing homelessness, poverty and inequity on the line. Our Members have reported needing more support from us to develop skills, protect their mental health and have somewhere to go to connect with others. Meanwhile, the widening economic gap in the UK means that creating empathy and togetherness through theatre and art is more vital than ever. 

“Citz is more needed now to raise awareness of poverty and how it affects many people who do not often get heard in society.” 
– Citz Member 

While it is a time of great need for our Members and for us as an organisation, it is also a time rich with opportunity. With your support, we can ensure that the current crisis isn’t the beginning or the end of any Citz Members’ stories and that there continues to be space for shared experience and common ground through the arts. 

Donations we receive to our Big Give page between 29 November and 6 December will be doubled by generous match funders, meaning your support goes further at this vital time. 

We need to raise at least £20,000 in online donations to unlock our Big Give match funding, taking us to our target of £40,000. Any donations over and above this will be hugely appreciated too and can be made via our Big Give platform or directly to Cardboard Citizens via your chosen method. 

Your support would mean so much to Cardboard Citizens and our Members this winter. Thank you!