It can be all too easy to take for granted walking into a warm house at the end of a long, cold or wet day, tuck into a hot meal and finally climbing into a warm, safe and comfortable bed. For so many men and women around Brighton & Hove, this is far from reality.
Autumn and Winter are understandably the hardest time of year for those without homes. Countless individuals will be exposed to the freezing cold this season, and will desperately need practical, as well as emotional support.
Local charity, Off The Fence, will once again be running their annual November Big Sleep Out to provide a glimpse of what life is like for men and women without homes and to raise the vital funds needed to rebuild the lives of those who have struggled with life-destroying addictions, mental health issues, job loss, family breakdown and more which have led to homelessness. The team and volunteers work to restore client self-worth, independence, and help to address practical welfare, financial and offer emotional support.
The Big Sleep Out takes place in the grounds of a local school on Saturday 11th November – Sunday 12th November, and armed with little shelter, warm clothing and a sleeping bag, participants attempt to sleep throughout the night to gain an insight into what it’s like to be homeless. Unlike the participants, safety, shelter and sleeping bags are not guarantees for individuals living on the streets, day in, day out.
This year as the charity celebrates their 20th year of running, the Big Sleep Out event has been amazingly oversubscribed and is now at capacity.
Why not drop Off The Fence an email and find out how you could run your own sleep out with friends, family, through work or a local group?
For details on just how you could get involved in supporting this worthwhile project, contact the team at: Fundraising@offthefence.org.uk or head to the website, www.offthefence.org.uk.
With a vision to resist poverty, empower people and restore hope , Off The Fence are determined to see loneliness, isolation and homelessness in the city brought to an end.