Spotlight, 7 August 2019
For most of us, our bed is a dreamy sanctuary, beckoning us with its promise of comfort, rest and respite – ready to face the next day. But what if you had no bed to go to? What if your bed for the night was a public park, a shop doorway or a train station?
Sadly, this is the reality for the 8,855 people recorded as sleeping rough at least once on London’s streets in 2018/2019. The Chain database, which records rough sleepers in London seen by outreach workers, found this number to be 18% higher than the previous year.
Demand far outweighs supply of affordable or public housing in central London, and councils are under-resourced to provide the help that the law requires. Rough sleeping in the city is on the rise.
By joining hundreds raising funds and awareness of homelessness on 4 October 2019 at the Glass Door Sleep Out in Duke of York Square, you can help people find shelter and support when they need it most.
Funds raised will ensure men and women with nowhere else to turn can access free church-based shelters across west and southwest London.
If you want to find out more, register or start fundraising, the Glassdoor Sleep Out site answers plenty of FAQs – from how to get sponsorship to guidelines for approaching the sleep out.
Register here. For more information, email Glass Door at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone them on 020 7351 4948.
Duke of York Square, 4 October. Glassdoor.org.uk/