30 young people from the Methodist and Anglican churches in Harpenden and the 1st and 12th Harpenden scout troops, took part in a 24 hour “Sponsored Sleep Out” event outside the High Street Methodist Church in Harpenden on Saturday and Sunday 16th and 17th February 2013.
The event raised close to £2,000 and was held to support the work of Herts Young Homeless (hyh) a homeless charity which offers advice and support to vulnerable young people aged 16-24 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Hertfordshire.
The event also gave the young people taking part a small taste of what it might be like to experience life on the streets. They were also joined for the evening by a young couple who had been homeless for two years, living on the streets, who shared their story with them.
During the night the temperature dropped to minus one degree centigrade and highlighted how vulnerable sleeping rough can be. A couple of young people taking part commented “I never realised homeless people had to sleep in their shoes to stop them from being stolen” and “I wouldn't ever want to be homeless.”
The event had been organised to mark the first 3 years of a joint youth work venture between the Methodist and Anglican churches in Harpenden, which aims to reach out to the young people of Harpenden. Most of the activities organised by the joint venture are based out of The Annexe Youth Centre at High Street Methodist Church and are co-ordinated by Yener (Ian) Yeneralski the Youth Pastor.
Yener can be contacted on 07912 319899 for more details about the activities at The Annexe.
hyh work with over 2,500 young people every year who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Hertfordshire.
Notes to editor:
Background – hyh is an independent charity that supports young people aged 16-24 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and our health project, HHAH, works with all ages. Last year we helped to support over 2,000 young people
Donation – hyh relies upon ongoing support from local communities, both financially and individuals volunteering their time
hyh contact – Becki Warren, 07770 673 490
Youth Leader - Yener Yeneralski, 07912 319 899