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1625ip OVO Sleep Out Success



Monday 16 November 2015

Over £25,000 raised through heartwarming community effort.

 
The National Sleep Out Campaign takes place every year with over 2500 people in major cities across the UK raising awareness of the growing issues around youth homelessness.

For the second year 1625 Independent People (1625ip) were the Bristol contigent. The event was powered by OVO Energy, whose head office, where the event took place, is in Temple Quay.

Around 140 people, aged between 19 and 70, raised over £25,000 (and counting) for 1625ip to help even more local young people find a safe place to live and reboot their lives having faced homelessness.

Sound sleepers

Sleepers included OVO staff, 1625ip staff, The Lord Mayor for Bristol, Cllr Clare Campion-Smith, members of the public and corporate teams from Simitive, Foot Anstey, Neighbourly, Aztec Hotel & Spa.

Informed and inspired

To set the scene we heard from OVO Energy CEO Stephen Fitzpatrick explaining why OVO support this event.  OVO have three strands to their charitable work through the OVO Foundation;  Energy and the Environment, Youth Poverty and Education. One third of OVO staff are under 25 making these issues very relevant to the organisation. The OVO Foundation commissioned Dr Beth Watts, Research Fellow at Heriot Watt University, to take a closer look at the root causes of youth homelessness in the UK and produce a recently published report "Youth Homelessness in the UK".

Dom Wood, 1625ip CEO followed with a speech to help guests consider the damaging effect homelessness has on young people’s health and self-worth. He spoke of the nigh-on impossible task faced by young people trying to move out of supported housing due to lack of affordable rented rooms and properties and why it’s so important that we work together like this to solve these problems.

Guests were visibly moved by a speech from Na Nash, an ex 1625ip service user, Youth Board Member, Peer Supporter and volunteer who experienced the sharp end of living on the street where he said he had been both completely ignored and physically abused. He said 1625ip had saved his life and helped him believe in himself.  


The Lord Mayor for Bristol, Cllr. Clare Campion-Smith seen here bedding down for the night said:

"I am glad I did it because I did gain some inkling of what sleeping out in a city must mean for a young person, indeed for any person who has no stable place to stay.  I dithered for a long time before committing myself – was I too old, would I know anybody, would I survive a night on the concrete?  Then I realised that if I was feeling so nervous about doing it, what must it be like for young people who don’t have the protection of a secure area, access to toilets and washing facilities, a warm meal beforehand and a hot drink at breakfast.  They must do it night after night unless organisations such as 1625 Independent People can help them.  I am delighted that 1625ip have exceeded their fundraising total and highlighted the needs of vulnerable young people"

Visit our Facebook page "Independent People" for more photos from the night.

Tweets from sleepers using the hashtags #brizzz  #sleepout  included

Foot Anstey crew jaded but proud to have been part of (& thankful not to be out again tonight!)

Sending lots of love to everyone taking part in across the UK tonight! But especially to the young people we're doing it for <3
 

Day after was a bit of a blur- straight to office, unshowered, sleeping bag in hand. V. glad to have a to go back to after.

A very cold night sleeping out to raise money for no one should have to experience that every night, yet 83,000 people do

A cold, wet and very windy night under the stars at the with

I am grateful for my warm home, bed and health. Quite an experience - no one should have to do that every night.

At - enjoying spoken word... Dreading the cold hard ground later!

The event was thought-provoking, humbling and mindset changing.

Passers by. Traffic. Sirens. Silence. Sudden city noises. Bones digging into cold floor. My heart goes out to all

Over 83k under 25 experienced homelessness in 2014. 1 in 3 OVO people are under 25 with

 

Warmed up before lights out

By way of thanks for their support, sleepers and volunteers were treated to an evening of entertainment – every artist performed for free or almost nothing:

Showing a bit of love

Sleepers really enjoyed decorating thermal mugs with messages of positivity which will be distributed through the Indykits project to young people moving into their new place often with nothing but the clothes they are in. Indykits supplies free essential household items (mostly donated by the public) such as cutlery, crockery and linen to help at a crucial point in a young person's journey to independent living.



Powered by OVO Energy... and it's contagious

The event cost very little to put on, OVO Energy supplied a venue and countless hours of time and resources. Some of Bristol’s best known and loved local companies heard about it and also offered to help keep costs down in a myriad of ways!


Food and drinks

Event Management and Logistics


Huge heartfelt thanks go out to EVERYONE who fundraised, donated, volunteered and supported our 1625ip OVO Sleep Out 2015!

It's not too late to donate  
Text BRZZ88 and the amount you wish to give (e.g. BRZZ88 £5) to 70070
Visit http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/1625independentpeople/sleepout2015


Support 1625 Independent People

1625 Independent People is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation and relies on donations and support from the public and private sector. Please consider a regular donation to help us maintain this crucial service for young people - there are many other ways you can help too.  Find out more about supporting us.

More Information

For more information please contact:

1625 Independent People - www.1625ip.co.uk
Contact: Pilar Garcia, Funding and Communication Manager
Tel:  07956 306 492
Email: pilar.garcia@1625ip.co.uk

OVO Energy – www.ovoenergy.com
Contact: Shula Smith, Head of PR
Tel: 07863 342 317
Email: shula.smith@ovoenergy.com
 
Images by the super talented Bristol photographer Mark Simmons http://www.marksimmonsphotography.com/
 
 
 
 
 

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