One of Safestore’s main charity partners is Trinity, a charity for homeless people in the UK. They provide day services, housing, coaching, training, work placements and support to help homeless people gain back their independence and build a life again. According to Crisis there is no national figure for how many people are homeless across the UK, partly due to homelessness being recorded differently in each area, but mainly because many homeless people do not show up in official statistics at all.
Trinity want to change that and make sure that every person, homeless or otherwise, is counted for.
To raise awareness of the issue of homelessness in London, Trinity hold an annual ‘The Big SleepOut’ at Hillingdon Athletics Stadium every December. The event gives people the opportunity to raise money which Trinity invest in services to try and eradicate homelessness. For one night, over 1,000 people get together at the stadium and bed down for the night with nothing but a cardboard box for shelter.
As Safestore is committed to being a responsible business and helping our local communities, we have pledged to sponsor the boxes that are used by the participants in the campaign. As cardboard boxes represent sleeping rough, the hope is that they will go some way to helping The Big SleepOut participants experience what sleeping rough is really like – even if it’s just for one night.
We also believe it is important for our colleagues to recognise how our activities can have an impact on those around us and events like this can inspire and encourage us to get involved and provide some hands on help where it matters. In 2016, a team of eight Safestore employees raised £3,124 in sponsorship - a great achievement and wonderful team building experience!
Trinity promotes the idea that everyone has the right to housing. The money raised through participant sponsorship will go a long way to raising awareness and helping to end homelessness. To find out how you can help visit the Trinity
website for more information.
Beating homelessness needs help from everybody.
After all, it could be any of us.