Our chosen charity for our winter charity appeal is Nightstop – based in Glasgow. Nightstop work with young people aged 16-25 at risk of becoming homeless. The charity partner with host homes who welcome these young people to stay for 1 night. When they arrive, it could be with nothing so hosts have packs on hand to give out to them. We will put together packs to be given to these people in their time of need.
This also links with our community charity event for the ‘Wee Sleepout’ on Saturday 7th December, where pupils, staff and community members will be experiencing what it is like to sleep ‘rough’ for one night, braving the elements.
Being homeless means not having a safe place to call home. We know thousands of young people sleep rough every night, but there are thousands more sleeping on sofas, floors, night buses or with strangers – these are the “hidden homeless”.
We have chosen homelessness as our focus because the risk of assault and theft are high. The weather can do real damage to your health and the stress of survival living takes a huge toll on your mental and physical health. The estimated life expectancy of a rough sleeper is 43, pretty much half that of the general population.