Help for homeless with Telford Sleep Out
The Telford Sleep Out raises awareness of people who sleep rough or experience homelessness in Telford and Wrekin and is organised by Stay Telford and Maninplace.
The Big Sleep Out on 22 November, starts with a Carry the Load walk from Tesco Hadley Centre at 5:30pm to Asda in Donnington Wood where the sleep out will take place. Once at ASDA, Donnington Wood, a mini music pop and rock festival will be taking place from 7pm to 10:30pm showcasing local talent from across Shropshire.
Everyone participating in the Sleep Out will be able to pitch their home for the night using boxes, tents and any other materials to help keep them dry and warm. For anyone wishing to take part in the sleep out visit https://telfordbigsleepout.org.uk/register/ to register.
If sleeping out is not your ideal way of helping the homeless, you can make a donation online via our new website homeless.telford.gov.uk/ which is dedicated to raising funds for local housing charities including Maninplace, Stay Telford, YMCA Wellington and KiP@Maninplace.
The funds raised through the website will be shared equally among these charities to help tackle and prevent homelessness in the borough.
If you are planning to visit Telford Christmas Market you can also ‘Round Up Your Pound’ of spare change to support work to tackle homelessness in the borough and make a donation in the donation boxes which will be available in a number of stalls and locations.
Donation boxes will also be in Café Go in Addenbrooke House, Telford Ice Rink, The Place Oakengates and all Council leisure centres from the start of December, which include:
• Abraham Darby Sports and Leisure Centre
• Horsehay Golf and Fitness Centre
• Newport Swimming Pool
• Oakengates Leisure Centre
• Pheonix Sports and Leisure Centre
• Stirchley Recreation Centre
• Telford Snowboard and Ski Centre
• Telford Tennis Centre
• Wellington Civic and Leisure Centre
Fliss Mercer, Assistant Director for Commercial Services, said: “Raising funds for such a worthwhile cause is vital at this time of the year. As the weather gets colder we need to think about those who do not have a safe, secure and warm home to go to at the end of the day.
"Reducing homelessness and rough sleeping in the borough is one of the Council’s key priorities, and we are committed to tackling and preventing it with the support of our partnersand we have just secured an additional £45,000 of cold weather grant funding to continue this work.
"I’m delighted to be taking part in this year’s Big Sleep Out event to raise awareness of homelessness and to show my personal support and appreciation for the tireless work that our local housing charities do throughout the year.”