SASH Sleepout at Yorkshire Coast College

The volunteers who took part in the Sleepout event at Yorksire Coast College

The youth homelessness charity SASH held a ‘Sleepout’ on Friday 11 March at Yorkshire Coast College to draw public attention to the hidden problem of youth homelessness, particularly in Scarborough, and raise funds for SASH’s emergency ‘Nightstop’ service for vulnerable young people facing homelessness.

The event was one of a series of SASH Sleepouts being held in York and North Yorkshire, where participants get sponsored to spend the night sleeping outdoors with just sleeping bags and cardboard boxes for protection from the elements.

As well as their emergency ‘Nightstop’ scheme, SASH also run a longer term ‘Supported Lodgings’ project to further help the community.

Project Manager Dawn Stevenson said “We are delighted to have the support of Yorkshire Coast College and although taking part is a challenge, our Sleepouts are always really popular and have proved very successful at raising funds for our work.”

In 2015, the charity helped over 100 vulnerable young people avoid homelessness in Scarborough alone, and with the help of fundraising events like this it can expect the number to grow again in 2016.

Daniel Scullane, Curriculum Manager for Visitor Economy at Yorkshire Coast College, said: “A number of our students at Yorkshire Coast College are supported by SASH each year, so we’ve seen first-hand the difference the charity is making to young people in our area who would otherwise be facing homelessness. We are delighted to be able to host the Scarborough SASH Sleepout this year.”

Over 60 people participated in the event, and the total raised is yet to be confirmed.