‘Sleeping rough’ challenge to help homeless charity SASH

York Press: A total of 22 volunteers  took part in last year’s  Sleepout challenge in Dean’s Park next to York Minster A total of 22 volunteers took part in last year’s Sleepout challenge in Dean’s Park next to York Minster

A YORK-based charity which helps homeless young people has revealed that it experienced a 90 per cent surge in demand for its services last year.

Now SASH (Safe and Sound Homes) is urging residents to sleep out for a night in the grounds of the Minster in March to help raise funds to continue its work through 2013.

The charity, which finds volunteer hosts who will put up homeless people for a few nights so they have time to sort out their problems, said it organised about 840 such nights of accommodation in 2012.

The number contrasts with the 432 nights it organised in 2011, although a small part of the increase is accounted for by the launch of a new service in East Yorkshire in the autumn, which accounted for 40 extra nights.

The charity dealt with fresh referrals over the Christmas period, including a young woman who went to stay with two host families in East Yorkshire and a man who went to stay with a host in York.

SASH director Peter Robinson said all the signs were that the increase in demand was set to continue in 2013, which meant increased costs, and the charity was facing a significant financial challenge.

“This is why we are asking local people to help by taking part in a challenge themselves and joining us for our sponsored Sleepout, which will take place at York Minster on March 4,” he said.

“The event will involve sleeping overnight in the grounds with just a sleeping bag and some cardboard boxes for shelter to raise awareness of homelessness and funds for SASH.”

He said the sleep-out was organised for the first time last year and was extremely successful.

“Although the time of year makes the Sleepout a real challenge, everyone who took part said it was a worthwhile event.

“We would love to see more people get involved this year – all the details are on our website at www.sash-uk.org.uk or people can call 01904 652043.”

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10:31am Mon 7 Jan 13

Trespar Zagenstuz says...

I await Councillor Steward's denial that is; "that there is no poverty in Britain, and certainly not in York. These people are doubtless making a 'lifestyle choice".
I await Councillor Steward's denial that is; "that there is no poverty in Britain, and certainly not in York. These people are doubtless making a 'lifestyle choice". Trespar Zagenstuz

11:01am Mon 7 Jan 13

The Great Buda says...

Trespar Zagenstuz wrote:
I await Councillor Steward's denial that is; "that there is no poverty in Britain, and certainly not in York. These people are doubtless making a 'lifestyle choice".
Very good, I was just wondering what the "caring, sharing" Tory party would have to say about this.
[quote][p][bold]Trespar Zagenstuz[/bold] wrote: I await Councillor Steward's denial that is; "that there is no poverty in Britain, and certainly not in York. These people are doubtless making a 'lifestyle choice".[/p][/quote]Very good, I was just wondering what the "caring, sharing" Tory party would have to say about this. The Great Buda

11:06am Mon 7 Jan 13

Trespar Zagenstuz says...

The Great Buda wrote:
Trespar Zagenstuz wrote:
I await Councillor Steward's denial that is; "that there is no poverty in Britain, and certainly not in York. These people are doubtless making a 'lifestyle choice".
Very good, I was just wondering what the "caring, sharing" Tory party would have to say about this.
They haven't said it yet, this is potential speculation on my part. I hope I'm proven wrong.

Incidentally, 'The Great Buda', you and I have to convince various correspondents here that we are not one and the same person.
I have been accused of being you.....
[quote][p][bold]The Great Buda[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Trespar Zagenstuz[/bold] wrote: I await Councillor Steward's denial that is; "that there is no poverty in Britain, and certainly not in York. These people are doubtless making a 'lifestyle choice".[/p][/quote]Very good, I was just wondering what the "caring, sharing" Tory party would have to say about this.[/p][/quote]They haven't said it yet, this is potential speculation on my part. I hope I'm proven wrong. Incidentally, 'The Great Buda', you and I have to convince various correspondents here that we are not one and the same person. I have been accused of being you..... Trespar Zagenstuz

12:09pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Oncebitten says...

So no comments on the actual article or the very real plight of the homeless.

Just another chance for the regular boring posters to have a political pop at one another.

TEDIOUS!

Are you going to sleep rough for the night.......doubt it!
So no comments on the actual article or the very real plight of the homeless. Just another chance for the regular boring posters to have a political pop at one another. TEDIOUS! Are you going to sleep rough for the night.......doubt it! Oncebitten

12:39pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Trespar Zagenstuz says...

Oncebitten,
I apologise for my failings to let you see the irony of my first posting.

And might I take this opportunity to point out some dubious facts about The Trussel Trust, who run the nationwide chain of soup kitchens:

http://politicsuk.eu
/archives/13339

A little cabal of tory sympathisers, see.
Oncebitten, I apologise for my failings to let you see the irony of my first posting. And might I take this opportunity to point out some dubious facts about The Trussel Trust, who run the nationwide chain of soup kitchens: http://politicsuk.eu /archives/13339 A little cabal of tory sympathisers, see. Trespar Zagenstuz

3:59pm Tue 8 Jan 13

williamssheri85 says...

This is a brilliant cause! I went through these and they were really helpful and supportive! I will be there if my partners at home to look after our son! Thanks again SASH xx
This is a brilliant cause! I went through these and they were really helpful and supportive! I will be there if my partners at home to look after our son! Thanks again SASH xx williamssheri85

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