Members of the Coventry Horizon team and Child Sexual Exploitation Youth Advisory Group at Coventry City Council have helped raise over £800 by taking part in a Sleep Out for St Basil's charity.
A Sleep Out is a sponsored challenged to “rough it” for the night to remind people of the importance of preventing homelessness.
The Child Sexual Exploitation Youth Advisory Group and Coventry Horizon Team work closely together to prevent the issues that some of Coventry’s young people face, including homelessness, young people going missing and child sexual exploitation.
Annabel Goddard, a Youth Worker for Coventry City Council who took part in the Sleep Out, said: “The events are designed to be challenging and take you out of your comfort zone. We felt it was a really important thing for us to take part in because of the work that we do to help protect the city’s young people from issues like homelessness.”
In total, around 30 people took part in the event, raising over £800 for St Basil's charity. St Basil's works with homeless young people to enable them to find and keep a home, to develop their confidence, skills and opportunities and to prevent homelessness before it happens.
Cllr Ed Ruane, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, also took part in the event. He said: “The Coventry Sleep Out is a great event organised by St Basil's that gives those who take part a great appreciation for all the work that goes on in Coventry to prevent homelessness and why it’s so important that the work happens.”
“I’m delighted that Council employees gave up their time to volunteer to take part in the event. It shows their commitment to their work to safeguard Coventry’s young people.”
The money raised from the Coventry Sleep Out will be spent specifically for St Basil's work in the Coventry area.
The Coventry City Council teams took part in the event from 7pm to 7am in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral.
If you are at risk of being made homeless, or are homeless, you can contact Coventry City Council’s Housing Options team on 024 7683 4025.
Any children who are homeless or at risk of being made homeless should contact Coventry City Council or call the national Missing People number on 116 000 for support and advice on what to do if they are made homeless.
More information on St Basil's charity can be found at http://www.stbasils.org.uk. Anyone who wishes to donate is able to do this through the website.