There’s nothing quite like the joy of making new friends and since we launched our Sleep Safe campaign six weeks ago we’ve been doing plenty of that. Sleep Safe is a Sussex Nightstop call to action asking people to help us alleviate the often-hidden problem of youth homelessness by supporting our work; spreading our messages and helping us achieve our fundraising target of £10,000. You’ve responded to our call….
A kind invitation from Jenny, Director of local business Body Happy led to me joining an energetic and ‘enthusiastically’ early BNI Breakfast event and I was heartened by the common concern felt by all present towards the challenges facing young people around homelessness. I am so pleased that both Body Happy and ARCHangels Architects have now selected us as their Charity of the Year and we’re responding to a growing number of offers from other businesses who want to help. We look forward to getting to know all of you over the months ahead.
We’ve also made new friends in the media world. First to support our pre campaign launch was Geoffrey Bowden at RadioReverb, then Brighton& Hove Independent, The Argus and GScene have all helped us get our campaign message out there and possible interviews with Gaydio and Peoples Republic of Brighton have made us all reflect on our radio skills! Fortunately I got the chance to exercise mine on launch day with Kathy Caton at BBC Sussex. You can hear the results here (at 36 minutes in). But I’m far from the only voice of Sussex Nightstop and I look forward to hearing our volunteer Hosts and the rest of the team on air!
#SleepSafe has grown our online social circle too. Thank you to our new followers. We’re a small office team – five to be precise – and your efforts in pushing the message out there has made the Sussex Nightstop world an awful lot bigger. The impact of homelessness and rough-sleeping on young people is immeasurable. When people know about it they are moved to do something.
So what of our Fundraising target? Well, it’s early days and we have some way to go but I am delighted to report that we have new regular and monthly donors that have responded to the #SleepSafe campaign. In particular, it would seem that people have an appetite for blood, sweat and tears with our Brighton 10K efforts raising nearly £900 with a week to go. Welcome and thank you to all who have visited our donations page!
So our #SleepSafe campaign has had a bright start and we’re looking forward to what’s coming next. We hope you’ll enjoy hearing about our partnership with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service– helping us to keep young people and our volunteer hosts safe in a different way.
I heard recently that a great runner starts slow and then slows down. We’ll certainly apply that philosophy to our Brighton 10k and whilst our campaign has far from been a slow start, we are equally in it for the long-haul. We are seeing first-hand the increasingly tough challenges that young people face are facing. We need to continue to be there for them and our new friends and donors across the community and businesses are helping us do just that.