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Depaul Sleepout marks World Homeless Day
September 20th, 2017
World Homeless Day in London will be given a massive boost by the business community at homelessness charity Depaul’s Sleepout at Somerset House.
Depaul is to bolster the impact of World Homeless Day in the capital on 10 October by staging its annual Sleepout on Wednesday, 11 October. Professionals from all sectors of industry, MPs and Peers will unite to tackle homelessness by spending the night out in the elements, raising funds for and awareness of the work of Depaul.
London’s Deputy Mayor for Housing, James Murray, has backed Depaul’s Sleepout – in Somerset House’s iconic courtyard, Edmond J Safra Fountain Court – pledging to “work with fantastic charities like Depaul to prevent homelessness”.
Mr Murray said: “In the last 12 months, we have seen the rise in rough sleeping effectively halted for the first time in nearly a decade – but just one person ending up in this position is one too many, and we are determined to make sure homeless people get the support they need. In particular, we must do more to help young people at risk of sleeping rough. That is why, as part of his record investment to combat homelessness, the Mayor has provided funding for specialist youth accommodation for those at risk.
“We cannot effectively tackle this problem on our own and will continue to work with fantastic charities like Depaul to prevent homelessness and to ensure that there is a way off the streets for every single person who ends up there.”
Depaul UK runs a youth homelessness day-centre – a “DayStop” – in central London at Sherborne House, Southwark, which is also the base of its Nightstop London emergency accommodation service and Alone in London, which provides advice and support to young people at risk of homelessness. Supported housing in Westminster, Bromley, Brent and Greenwich and London prisons work for former offenders facing homelessness are also managed from the centre.
It is part of the Depaul family of homelessness charities which also works in Croatia, Ireland, France, Slovakia, Ukraine and the US. Funds raised will help its work in London and across the UK as well as the work of Depaul International overseas.
Depaul International Chief Executive Mark McGreevy OBE, who has been at the forefront of the battle against homelessness since the charity’s inception in 1989, said: “Depaul Sleepout is a powerful event which changes perceptions about people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. It brings together the dynamic and caring business community who do so much to support our work in Britain and abroad.
“Giving up the comfort of your bed for a night to help people who are marginalised and living in isolation is a humbling, valuable and memorable experience. I would urge all professionals to consider taking part in this year’s Depaul Sleepout.”
World Homeless Day educates people about homeless issues, celebrates and supports local good works, and highlights local homelessness issues. The campaign’s key emphasis is on providing hands-on help that is sensitive to local needs while taking into account the global problem of homelessness and expressing solidarity with other charities around the world.
Over the past three years, Depaul has persuaded chief executives, MPs and Peers to sleep out to raise funds for its work in prestigious sporting venues – including Wembley Stadium; Lord’s, The Home of Cricket, and The Oval.