On Friday 25 November SOS NI will host their annual Sleep Out Challenge to raise awareness of the reality of homelessness in Northern Ireland.
SOS NI, a charity that is active within the community both day and night, works on our streets to unconditionally help people in their time of need as well as in schools to educate and empower young people to make enhanced lifestyle choices.
This week they are challenging people to join them as they Sleep Out on the streets of Belfast to encourage collaboration between all organisations who seek to support individuals and families who are homeless, with the aim of achieving wider spread and more effective services.
SOS NI supports homeless people through their Night Time services as well as their Food Programme, offering welfare provision and donations to food banks and shelters.
The Council for the Homeless Northern Ireland (CHNI), in conjunction with organisations across the UK, are taking part in Homeless Awareness Week from Wednesday 30 November – Thursday 8 December 2016.
Approximately 1 in 18 adults in NI have experienced homelessness and these organisations hope to bring awareness to the issue as we approach Christmas time, one of the most difficult periods for those affected by homelessness.
While the Sleep Out doesn’t aim to replicate homelessness, it does aim to allow people to experience some of the realities – the biting cold, the damp, the noise and the difficulty of carrying on your day with little sleep. It’s not going to be easy, but SOS NI will be providing lots of entertainment, games and food for you to enjoy on the night.
Are you up to the challenge?
Join SOS NI this Friday 25 November and help raise funds and awareness for their crucial services. Contact the office on 02890 664 505 or e-mail email@example.com to receive a registration pack, and connect on Facebook for more information: www.facebook.com/events