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St Basils Solihull SleepOut

posted 8 Mar 2016, 21:23 by Solihull Parish
We're holding a 'Sponsored SleepOut' on Friday 29th April in support of our services in the area which prevent youth homelessness. If you want to help make sure Solihull's young people have somewhere safe to call home - please join us!  - See more at: http://www.stbasils.org.uk/solihullsleepout

'SleepOut' is all about raising money to prevent homelessness so that we don't see people bedding down on the streets or being forced to sleep in disused warehouses or other dwellings.  

Whilst Solihull is largely an affluent area, there is  'hidden homelessness' with young people in particular often 'sofa-surfing'. However this can only ever be a temporary situation and can have a detrimental impact on educational achievement and employment prospects. Young people, particularly those under 18, need lots of support and advice to find appropriate accommodation, regain some stability and re-enter education, training and employment. This is what we try to achieve for young people in Solihull through our services which include support to young people at risk of homelessness through home visits and a drop-in service, emergency accommodation through a local Nightstop scheme, a supported accommodation scheme for 12 young people and a Supported Lodgings scheme as well as move-on services and support to ensure young people don't become at risk of homelessness once again.   

Last year 57 people took part in our first ever Solihull SleepOut (held at a different location). We were very pleased with the level of support for this first year, as generally these events build year on year.

The Solihull SleepOut is modelled on our BIG SleepOut, usually held in November in Birmingham. The only difference is that the BIG SleepOut raises funds for all our services across the West Midlands, whereas our our local SleepOuts (such as this), raise money just for the services in that area (and will be much more convenient for you and getting home in the morning). 

- See more at: http://www.stbasils.org.uk/solihullsleepout
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