RICS joins Social Bite’s Sleep in the Park to help fight youth homelessness in Scotland

RICS, as part of its Pledge 150 campaign, has joined forces with Social Bite’s Sleep in the Park to help reduce homelessness among young people in Scotland.

Corporate teams and RICS members can now take part in any of the Sleep in the Park events, across Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen with 50% of their fundraising efforts going to LandAid. As part of RICS Pledge 150 initiative, launched in January 2018 to celebrate their 150th anniversary, RICS in Scotland has raised thousands of pounds for LandAid.

The funds will help to deliver 150 bed spaces for vulnerable, young and homeless people across all 12 UK regions by December 2018. Twelve of these bed spaces will be situated in Scotland and delivered by charity partners.

The funds raised by RICS in Scotland through the Sleep in the Park, and events across the country, will be divided between two Scottish charity partners, the first partner announced is YMCA Glenrothes. The money will help the renovation of an empty three-bed terraced house or flat, to create three new bed spaces for young people to move on to from the charity’s fully supported hostel. The young tenants will receive support from an individual case worker to help them achieve a successful future. The charity also plans to provide training and volunteering opportunities for local unemployed people during the building work.

Gail Hunter, regional director RICS, Scotland, said: “We are delighted to join with Social Bite on what has become a renowned event, raising money and awareness for homelessness across Scotland. RICS and our members have undertaken a number of initiatives to raise funds for Pledge 150, and it is great to see the tangible benefits made possible by the work of our members and generous donations made.”

Upcoming Pledge 150 activities will also see RICS professionals and supporters trekking the famous West Highland Way in September and the opportunity to purchase one of the 66 bottles of exclusive RICS 150 whisky.

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