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Ovo Energy powers 1625ip Sleep Out

Monday 29 September 2014

OVO Energy has joined forces with us to create Bristol’s biggest ever Sleep Out for youth homelessness.


150 people to sleep out at Temple Meads to raise funds for charity 1625 Independent People

OVO Energy has joined forces with local charity 1625 Independent People to create Bristol’s biggest ever Sleep Out for youth homelessness.

Over 100 staff from OVO Energy will be sleeping out or volunteering as event crew at Bristol Temple Meads Station on Thursday 6 November 2014.

Sleep Out events will be taking place in a total of 13 locations across the UK organised by youth homelessness as part of End Youth Homelessness, a national fundraising movement. Up to 2,000 people are expected to sleep outdoors. 

80,000 young people aged 16-25 experience homelessness each year in the UK according to research commissioned by the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint. Nationally, money raised by Sleep Out will help provide them with a safe place to stay and support to turn their lives around.

All funds raised by the Bristol Sleep Out going straight to 1625ip to aid the 1,300 young people the charity helps each year.

ovo-energy.pngSpotting the opportunity for Bristol to join the 12 other cities nationwide, OVO Energy came together with 1625ip to host Bristol’s very own Sleep Out at the iconic Temple Meads Station.  With a commitment from each sleeper to raise £150 in sponsorship and additional support from OVO, the company hopes to raise thousands of pounds for 1625ip.

OVO and 1625ip are also encouraging those not able to join them at Temple Meads to take part in their very own sleep out by turning their lights off early, going the evening without life’s little luxuries, or even sleeping on the living room floor – with camping out in the garden for the adventurous.

Pilar Garcia, 1625ip Funding Manager said:
“The 1625ip Sleep Out campaign is not about pretending to be homeless for a night, it’s about raising awareness, showing solidarity and raising some desperately needed funds. It costs around £2.5 million a year to support the 1,300 young people we work with and numbers of young people presenting complex needs is on the rise.
If you can’t make it to Temple Meads you can still support the Sleep Out by sleeping in your gardens or giving up your bed for the night and sleeping on the kitchen floor. Share your photos on social media, it all helps to raise awareness.”

One hundred spaces will be taken by OVO staff at the sleep out but there are still 50 places open to the public. Live entertainment, hot food and drinks will all be on offer before “Lights Out”. Registration for the event is available online at 1625ip.co.uk/sleepout.
Many “sleepers” are expectedto head straight to work the next morning without indulging in the everyday comforts that they are used to like a warm shower.

Jason Sharpe, Managing Director of OVO Energy said:
“We’re proud to be partnering with 1625ip, who have been helping young people on the streets for 30 years.
Fighting for what’s right - for our customers, staff, the environment and our community - has been at the heart of OVO since we first started out in 2009. Our staff are really excited about being a part of this fantastic event”.

Tom Gardner, an employee from OVO Energy commented on why he was taking part:
“Last year on a night out I stopped for a chat with a young homeless person which turned into a very emotional, and memorable sit-down. This man had (like myself) recently faced a close family bereavement, but this had unfortunately led to his life spiralling beyond his control. Our conversation made me realise how easily things can take a turn for the worse, and how important just a small amount of stability can be when empowering somebody to recover.
“By leaving our privileged circumstances behind for a single night we can raise both awareness of youth homelessness and money for the fantastic work 1625ip do in the local area- work for people just like the man I met."

Vivien Jay-Bacon, an OVO employee volunteering at the event added:
“I jumped at the chance to help out – I’m hugely passionate about creating a better future for young people, whether that’s through education, opportunities or the basics that we all take for granted like shelter. It’s very easy in day-to-day life to get immersed in our own lives, I know I do - so I want to be a part of the team that raises awareness of youth homelessness, encouraging others to look above the parapet and to take action when it comes to the world around us.”

Jon Curnow,  Station Manager Bristol Temple Meads said,
 “On behalf of Network Rail and all of the staff at Bristol Temple Meads, I’m thrilled that we can support this fantastic initiative.  An event of this size will help raise the funds needed for 1625ip to carry on their extraordinary work with young people in local area. Through ‘lending’ our historic Midland Shed to 1625ip and OVO Energy for one night, we look forward to playing our part in raising awareness of youth homelessness”
If you’d like to apply for one of the 50 places open to the public, visit 1625ip.co.uk/sleepout. Live entertainment, hot food and drinks will all be on offer before “Lights Out”.

For those wishing to make a donation please Text ZZZZ84 and the amount you wish to give (e.g. ZZZZ84 £5) to 70070 and support the 1625ip Sleep Out.

Registration fee is £10 and each sleeper pledges to raise £150 in sponsorship. Please see 1625ip.co.uk/sleepout to sign up and join the conversation on Twitter @OVOenergy @1625ip #brizzz


For further press enquiries or interview opportunities, please contact:

1625 Independent People - www.1625ip.co.uk
Contact: Pilar Garcia, Funding and Communication Manager
Tel:  0117 317 8800 / Fax:  0117 317 8849
Email: pilar.garcia@1625ip.co.uk
OVO Energy – www.ovoenergy.com
Contact: Lisa Taylor, PR Manager
Tel: 01179 303 199
Email: lisa.taylor@ovoenergy.com

More information

1625 Independent People
1625 Independent People (Independent People / 1625ip) exists to support young people aged 16-25 to build independent lives. We do this by helping people find and keep a safe, stable home. We offer non-judgmental support and advice, counselling, training and help finding jobs.
We support over 1300 young people every year.
With over 30 years’ experience of youth services, no other organisation in the area has the same depth of understanding of the sector.  Independent People is a strong voluntary organisation which is strategically relevant and at the forefront of support provision for young homeless people in the South West.
Independent People is an Industrial & Provident Society (no.23964R) – in other words we’re a non-profit making charity. We are always actively looking for new funding.
Currently funded by Supporting People and Children & Young Peoples Services (CYPS) in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, Connexions in South Gloucestershire and Big Lottery Fund for our Future 4 Me and Cashpoint projects. We are delivery partners with Bristol City Council’s Bristol Youth Links.
We get rents and service charges from the young people we house (mostly through housing benefit). We are also funded by one off donations from the general public and regular donors. Please read the Support Us pages of our website to find out more about our fundraising campaigns.
You can read the 1625 Independent People Annual Report for more financial details.
Contact: Pilar Garcia, Funding and Communication Manager
Company: 1625 Independent People
Tel:      0117 317 8800
Fax:     0117 317 8849
Email Address pilar.garcia@1625ip.co.uk
OVO Energy
Headquartered in Bristol, OVO Energy is one of the leading independent suppliers in the UK retail market. Since it entered the market in 2009, it’s grown to nearly 400,000 customers, created 600 jobs and it’s currently recruiting for over 100 more positions.
OVO’s business is built around what’s best for customers – we’re on a mission to restore trust and help drive a simpler, fairer energy market.
For more information please see www.ovoenergy.com
National Sleep Out 2014
There are 13 Sleep Out events and ten charities taking part in Sleep Out 2014, the third national Sleep Out event:
  • Centrepoint: The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
  • Centrepoint: West India Quay, Hertsmere Road, London. E14 4AL
  • Centrepoint:The Provident Stadium, Bradford, BD6 1BS
  • Centrepoint: North East Land, Sea and Air Museum (NELSAM), Sunderland, SR5 3HZ
  • The Rock Trust: Festival Square, Edinburgh, EH3 9SR
  • St. Eds: Gibraltar Gardens, Norwich, NR2 4LZ
  • Roundabout: St Andrew’s Church, Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL
  • St Basils: Sixways Stadium, Warriors Way, Worcester WR3 8ZE
  • YPSF: The Manchester College, Manchester, M22 9TG
  • Llamau: Cardiff International Sports Stadium, Cardiff, CF11 8AZ
  • The Society of St. James: Guildhall Square, Southampton, SO14 7LP#
  • 1625 Independent People: Bristol Temple Meads Station, BS1 6QF
  • The Eden Project (funds donated to youth homelessness charities): Cornwall, PL24 2SG
1625 Independent People asks for a minimum of £150 fundraising per person.
To donate, text ZZZZ84 £5 to 70070
For more information visit www.sleep-out.org.uk
The event aims to raise £500,000 for homeless and vulnerable people across the UK through over 2,000 people sleeping out on the night

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