You can help raise money for Amber as for the fourth year running, The Eden Project is hosting a Sleep Out event beside the beautiful Biomes in the Cornish countryside.
A unique experience – giving you a flavour of what it is like to have to Sleepout ……. but with the added bonus of music, food, fire, fun, bread baking and soup making.
Most importantly it will give you the opportunity to find out more about youth homelessness and the work of Amber and St Petrocs.
By fundraising for these charities you will also be helping to End Youth Homelessness.
The date for your diaries is Thursday 9 November 2017!
Would you be willing to swap your bed for a sleeping bag and cardboard mat for one night?
Sleep Out doesn’t aim to replicate homelessness, but it does show you some of the realities – the cold, the noise and the difficulty of carrying on your day with little sleep. It’s not easy – but we’ll tuck you in with a night of music, fun, food and good company before bedtime.
The event helps to raise awareness of the issues around homelessness but also raises valuable funding and support for local grassroots organisations who are taking direct action to support homeless people to get back on their feet and turn their lives around.
We’re asking participants to sign up (non-refundable £15 registration fee applicable) and to commit to fundraise as much as possible. As places are limited, we hope that participants will aim to raise at least £200.
You will be provided with a cardboard mat to lie on and a ‘Sleep Out Bag’ but please remember to bring a sleeping bag. You will be sleeping outside but there is cover overhead so that the event can take place whatever the weather.
When registering, you will have a choice of two local South West charities to fundraise for: St Petroc’s Society or Amber Foundation (EYH). We will be extremely grateful for any monies raised!
On the night, there will be musical entertainment to provide a soundtrack to the evening, there will also be cookery workshops, campfire tales, hot food, hot drinks and a licensed bar will be on offer. Further details will be announced shortly.
Raise money for homeless people
A Government report released at the beginning of this year highlighted that the number of people sleeping rough had risen for the sixth year in a row. Over the last year alone the number of rough sleepers has increased by 16%.
Homelessness is a big problem across the West Country. Cornwall has the third highest number of rough sleepers in the country and the authority of Exeter was in the top ten of councils with the ‘highest number of rough sleepers per 1000 households’. Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government Jan 2017
The rough sleeping statistics come amid increasing concern around rising homelessness in England, fuelled by insecure tenancies, rising rents, benefit cuts and shortages of affordable housing.
A large majority of rough sleepers are young and male, many of whom have suffered a relationship breakdown or lost employment. Some may have drug, alcohol or mental health problems. Some are offenders, and an increasing number of former service personnel are being seen. Women account for approximately 20% of rough sleepers. All homeless people are vulnerable.