Glass Door sixth annual Sleep Out for winter night shelters
|Location: Glass Door sixth annual Sleep Out for winter night shelters||Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London SW3 4LY|
|Cost:||Free, but participants need to raise money|
|Contact:|| Caroline Hillam |
020 7351 4948
Glass Door Homeless Charity, 155a Kings Road, London, SW3 5TX
|More information:||https:// https://glassdoor.org.uk|
Glass Door Homeless Charity will be hosting their sixth annual Sleep Out on 5 October 2018 on the Duke of York Square in aid of the winter night shelter. Churches take turns to host night shelters, which will allow up to 130 individuals a place to sleep every night during the coldest 22 weeks of the coming winter.
Hundreds to sleep outside to raise awareness and funds for shelters in West London
On Friday 5th October 2018, Glass Door Homeless Charity will be hosting their sixth annual Sleep Out in the Square, a mass sleep out event held at Duke of York Square in Chelsea. Every year since 2013, hundreds of individuals take part, ultimately helping more individuals find emergency shelter and a route out of homelessness.
This year Glass Door is looking to recruit at least 400 individuals willing to brave the elements and spend a night sleeping on the pavement to raise awareness of homelessness and funds for emergency shelters.
Eddie, was a guest of the charity’s shelters seven years ago and credits Glass Door with turning his life around.
“Workers and volunteers of the charity showed me kindness, a kindness I had never seen before. I started to believe that a different kind of future was possible,” says Eddie.
After 26 years of sleeping rough, he is now off the street and works for Glass Door as an overnight project worker. Eddie and other former guests often return to volunteer at the Sleep Out.
The charity relies on the funds raised from the event to sustain and grow their network of church-based shelters, now operating in four London boroughs (Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Wandsworth and Richmond). Last year, thanks in large part to the success of the Sleep Out, Glass Door was able to expand their shelter network into Richmond. This coming winter, Glass Door expects to shelter an average of 120 individuals a night, up from 35 just six years ago.
The need for emergency shelter shows no sign of slowing down, as a chronic lack of affordable homes and welfare cuts continue to take their toll. The number of people sleeping rough in London has risen each year since 2010 and is about three times higher than it was a decade ago, according to statistics released by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
More individuals look to access Glass Door’s shelters and support services every year. The funds and support raised through the Sleep Out have helped the charity grow to meet these demands.
“The rise in homelessness is a scandal, and we will continue to do all we can to get people off the streets and into shelters. But we can’t do it alone,” says Revd Brian Leathard, chair of trustees at Glass Door and rector at St Luke’s and Christ Church, Chelsea.
“Taking part in events like the Sleep Out, showing solidarity and raising funds, is a great way to do something tangible to make our communities stronger and help those in need,” says Revd Brian.
To take part in this important initiative, please register online: https://glassdoor.org.uk or call the charity at 020 7351 4948.