A Sleep Easy night hosted by YMCA Black Country Group aimed at raising awareness of homelessness in the region has been hosted on Friday 23 March at intu Merry Hill.
YMCA has hosted Sleep Easy nights since 2010, with money being raised to help young people and vulnerable adults to move back to family, to take on their own tenancy, or onto university or in to their own accommodation.
Staff from the shopping centre, as well as volunteers braved the cold to sleep outside as part of the national YMCA Sleep Easy nights, which have been held since 2010.
Hundreds of young people sleep rough every year, with the number of rough sleepers continuing to rise.
Naomi Campbell, Community Development Manager said “When the YMCA asked to use the centre for their Sleep Easy event we were more than happy to support. Rough sleeper numbers in Black Country has nearly tripled in the last seven years so it is important that we are committed to raising money and awareness of this social problem”.
Sally Cowan, YMCA Black Country Group chief officer for housing, said: “We know from our experience... that without the support we offer, many more young people would be sleeping on the streets and have less options and less chance of realising their potential. One night out can make a lifetime of difference.".
Find out more and donate to the YMCA Sleep Easy fundraising campaign here.