Members of Dudley Youth Council are giving up their beds for the night in a bid to raise money to help young people at risk of becoming homeless.
Ten youth councillors have signed up to take part in a sponsored sleepover tonight (January 11) at Dudley Canal Trust to raise money for CHADD, a local charity that supports young people who have either experienced being homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
The event, which is supported by Dudley Council’s youth services, will include a sponsored silence and midnight Olympics.
The group had hoped to raise £100 ahead of the sleepover but have already smashed their target.
Harley Keasey, 14, member of Dudley Youth Council, said:
This year our main campaign is homelessness, which young people told us was the top local issue they wanted us to work on. The sleepover idea was chosen because we realised what a big issue this is for everyone in Dudley and, as young people, we wanted to make a difference and raise awareness of the issue throughout the borough.”
Councillor Keiran Casey, cabinet member for housing and residents welfare, said:
The work that the youth council is doing to identify homelessness as a key issue and looking at how we can work with some of the great organisations we have locally such as CHADD, the YMCA and many others to tackle this problem, is extremely important.
Preventing homelessness for everyone, regardless of age, is always a priority. The team at the council works around the clock to offer advice and support to people in crisis or that find themselves sleeping rough, but can also help people who are concerned they may be at risk of losing the roof over their head.
The best advice we can give is to contact us as soon as possible so that we can provide the help and support needed.”
Councillor Sue Ridney, cabinet member for children’s services, said:
It’s fantastic that our young people are so passionate about this issue and want to help people at a time when they need it most. I would urge people to support them in their efforts and wish them well for their sleepover.”
Anna Walsh, Chief Executive at CHADD, said:
Our aim at CHADD is to provide a safety net in crisis and a springboard towards a better future. We are thrilled that Dudley Youth Council is raising funds for CHADD and specifically for our Foyer which is for young people who are rebuilding their lives and recovering from homelessness.
The young people have been a great support to us this year in lots of ways and they are really passionate about tackling homelessness. It is amazing to see young people engaged in social action, it shows their talent, their passion and shows that they have something to offer the borough of Dudley.”
To sponsor the youth councillors or to find out more go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HarleyKeasey
Anyone concerned that they are at risk of becoming homeless, can contact Dudley Council’s homelessness team for immediate advice and support. The team can be contacted via Dudley Council Plus on 0300 555 2345.