Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Over 100 graduates take part in mass sleep out

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On Thursday 16th February, 109 Challenge graduates took part in a mass overnight sleep out. The event, entitled ‘Street Dreams’, was organised by the Birmingham Challenge Society Youth Board and highlighted the plight of young people at risk of becoming homeless.

It also promoted the work of local charity, St Basils, whose clients also attended the event and shared their experience of youth homelessness.

The sleep out was held in the car park of The Custard Factory, where young people gathered from 7.30pm and immediately set about building their shelters using plastic sheeting and cardboard boxes. Entertainment was provided by a live band playing an acoustic set and a circulating magician. Graduates also raised funds for St Basils and discussed future community action projects they could carry out in association with The Challenge Society and O2 Think Big campaign.

Rosie Sherwood, Assistant Programme Manager helped to organise the event. She stated “The Street Dreams event is a great example of young people putting skills learnt into action beyond the summer programme. 
Young people having ownership of the event and being so enthusiastic about it led to such a high turnout.The Youth Board did an amazing job and the atmosphere on the night was testament to their hard work. It has definitely inspired more young people to try their hand at organising other community events and activities.”

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