SHN editor joins the world’s largest sleep-out

KieranScottish Housing News’ very own editor Kieran Findlay is sleeping out to raise money for Social Bite’s mission to help eradicate homelessness in Scotland within five years.

Launched last month by Social Bite co-founder Josh Littlejohn MBE, Sleep in the Park will see 9,000 people to sleep rough in West Princes Street Gardens on December 9 with a live concert with rare acoustic performances from A-list stars who will be ‘busking’ for the audience.

A comprehensive study from Heriot Watt University entitled ‘Eradicating Core Homelessness in Scotland’ has been commissioned by Social Bite to provide a fully-researched framework for the investment of the money raised from the event. The report will be published in September.

The £4 million hoped to be raised by the event is expected to be spent on housing solutions, a nationwide employment program, addiction facilities, and outreach teams.

Kieran said: “Although I have no direct experience of homelessness myself, as editor of Scottish Housing News I write about it on a daily basis and understand that an integrated approach which addresses social inequalities and goes beyond housing is needed to tackle and prevent homelessness for good.

“That is why I believe in Social Bite’s plan to bring the public and private sector together with homelessness charities and the Scottish Government to create a framework for tackling rough sleeping which includes housing solutions, employment programmes and addiction rehabilitation.

“It is also why I am willing to brave a Scottish winter night outdoors to raise money for this cause and why you should donate what you can to help me do it.

“So if you would like to donate to this great cause, or just like the thought of me sleeping outside for a night in December, please give what you can.”

You can donate to Kieran’s fundraising page here and find out more about Sleep in the Park here.

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