First Foyer Sleep Out

10 Nov 2015
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SLEEP OUT TO RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR HOMELESS YOUNG PEOPLE

On Thursday 12 November people will be giving up the warmth of their beds for one night to raise money for Aberdeen Foyer to support former homeless young people in the North East of Scotland. Sleep Out, a national fundraising event is part of the End Youth Homelessness campaign.

Just over 30 people will be spending the night in a polytunnel at Aberdeen’s Hazlehead Park. The event is one of 12 taking place on the same night in different locations across the country from Aberdeen to the Eden Project in Cornwall.

Ken Milroy, the Foyer’s chief executive said: “Our first Sleep Out is a fundraising event designed to show solidarity and to raise awareness of homelessness and although it does not claim to replicate homelessness in anyway, those taking park will experience the discomfort of trying to sleep on cardboard boxes on a hard, cold surface during the winter. I’d like to thank every single ‘sleeper’ for taking part and helping us to raise funds and awareness for such an important issue.

“In our 20th year we continue our work to support people in the North East towards independent living, learning and work.  For young people the transition from adolescence to adulthood can be difficult.  We listen and respond to the hopes and aspirations of those we accommodate, helping them build confidence and develop their skills and talents to make major changes in their lives, helping them plan for life beyond the Foyer – a safe home, a job, friends and family.”

Charities benefitting from Sleep Out are part of End Youth Homelessness (EYH), a collaboration of charities formed in response to the absence of a national youth homelessness charity. EYH works directly with over 14,000 vulnerable and homeless young people from across the UK.

ENDS
10 November 2015

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – 12 November 2015 – between 1930 and 2000 at Grove Nursery, Hazlehead Park. Entrance off Hazledene Road (opposite Craigiebuckler Avenue).

Notes to Editor
Aberdeen Foyer is a successful, local charitable organisation working to prevent and alleviate youth homelessness and unemployment in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. The Foyer provides supported accommodation to former homeless and at risk young people aged 16-25 and a range of education, training, mentoring, counselling, employment support and health improvement services to people of all ages.
Some people have had a difficult start in life. At the Foyer we emphasise the positive and work to create the appropriate environment for individuals to develop their talents. We open up opportunities and offer engaging services to affect real and lasting change in their lives, enabling them to take the next steps towards independent living, learning and work. 

For further information please contact Cathy Simpson, Communications Manager Aberdeen Foyer cathys@aberdeenfoyer.com - 07875391125

About Sleep Out
There are 12 Sleep Out events and 9 charities taking part in Sleep Out 2015, the fourth national Sleep Out event:
o Centrepoint: The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
o Centrepoint: West India Quay, Hertsmere Road, London. E14 4AL
o Centrepoint: The Provident Stadium, Bradford, BD6 1BS
o Centrepoint: The Stadium of Light, Sunderland, SR5 3HZ
o The Rock Trust: Festival Square, Edinburgh, EH3 9SR
o The Benjamin Foundation: Clapham and Collinge Solicitors, St. Catherine’s House, All Saints Green, Norwich, NR1 3GA
o Roundabout: CADS Works, 7 Smithfield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S3 7AR
o Llamau: Cardiff Central Youth Club, Ocean Way, Cardiff
o The Society of St. James: Guildhall Square, Southampton, SO14 7LP#
o 1625 Independent People: Ovo Energy HQ, 1 Rivergate, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6ED
o The Eden Project (funds donated to youth homelessness charities The Amber Foundation and St. Petroc’s):Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG
o Aberdeen Foyer: Hazlehead Central Nursery, Hazledene Road, Aberdeen, AB15 8LD

• For more information visit www.sleep-out.org.uk
• The event aims to raise £500,000 for homeless and vulnerable young people across the UK through over 2,000 people sleeping out on the night.