Residents urged to join Big Sleepout to help district's homeless - The Leamington Observer

Residents urged to join Big Sleepout to help district's homeless

Leamington Editorial 15th Jan, 2020   0

PEOPLE are being urged to sleep under the stars for a night to help the district’s homeless.

Leamington-based Helping Hands is calling on residents and local businesses to join the 5th Big Sleepout and help raise much-needed funds to support giving local vulnerable people a ‘hand up’ not a hand out

The aim of the evening – which is taking place on Friday February 7 from 6pm – is to give an insight into what life is like for people living on the streets and how the charity is working to change it for the better.

The exact location of the sleepout will be revealed on the day to emulate the feelings of anxiety that people who do not have a home can feel.

The event will include talks from homeless and ex homeless people to allow those taking part to get a true understanding of how it feels to be homeless.

There will also lots of help and advice for those in need and there will be a soup kitchen for those most in need.

There are approx 2,000 people living in the Warwick district without a home of their own

Since 2015 Helping Hands has served an average of 112 meals a week from its soup kitchen, helped more nearly 1,100 adults and children turn a house into a home and worked with 120 supported volunteers to improve their skill levels and realise their potential.

The event costs £25 per person and participants can sign up as individuals or as part of a team. Security will be provided on the night.

Click here  to sign up and for further details about the Big Sleepout.


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