BGL is concerned about how society marginalises people, especially the homeless, former prisoners, the disabled and those who just fall through the cracks for seemingly no reason. This week we’re highlighting these people and finding out what can be done and what is being done to help them out. Today we have a guest post from homeless charity Simon on the Streets, who provide all kinds of assistance to people living rough in Leeds and around West Yorkshire.
Simon on the Streets invites you to join them for the ‘Sponsored sleep out’
On September 29th we will be hosting our second ‘Simon on the Streets sponsored sleep out’. The event will be a key opportunity for you to join us in raising funds and awareness for some of the most vulnerable individuals in our region.
The sleep out will begin with a tour of the ‘hidden’ world of rough sleeping in Leeds and we will share with you some of the challenges faced by homeless and rootless individuals. The journey will lead back to the sleeping site with a demo on how to build a bed for the night and some soup.
Once beds are built, the sleep out will commence! During the course of the event you will be supported by the Simon on the Streets team who will ensure that you remain safe and secure throughout the night.
Last year over 50 participants joined us on our first sleep out and we received fantastic feedback on how the event had helped them to empathise with the challenges faced by our service users. Those who took part also remarked on what a great night they’d had – the buzzing enthusiasm of the participants helped to create a fantastic atmosphere.
Viv, one of last year’s participants said:
“I felt this was a great opportunity to learn more and I really enjoyed the experience. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Before the event I thought I understood issues faced by the homeless, but I didn’t … and that was the biggest thing I learnt!”
The Simon on the Streets sponsored sleep out is open to those over the age of 18 and you can join us an individual, group or organisation.
Simon on the Streets is a Yorkshire based charity offering outreach based support to homeless and rootless individuals in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield. The role of a Simon on the Streets support worker is to offer individual support to those who are homeless; at risk of being homeless; those struggling with behavioural and mental health issues and those who are struggling with an addiction.
All your efforts will help us to continue supporting homeless and rootless individuals to create positive change in their lives. So this year, join us for the Simon on the Streets sponsored sleep out and help us to make this our most successful fundraiser to date!
For more information on the upcoming Simon on the Streets sleep out please visit http://www.simononthestreets.co.uk/Homeless-event-fundraiser.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For general information on Simon on the Streets and the work of the charity please visit www.simononthestreets.co.uk or follow us on twitter @simonotstreets
BGL will hopefully be able to take part in the event, and hopes to see some of you there.