Child Dynamix took part in the Sleep Easy event at Wilberforce College on Friday 1st February 2019
On 1st February youth workers, volunteers and young people from Child Dynamix took part in the annual Sleep Easy 2019 event, hosted by YMCA Humber. The event was held at Wilberforce College and ran from 6 pm – 6 am and saw participants spending the night outside in cardboard and self-made shelters until the morning. The aim of the event is to fundraise for charities and services that support homeless young people and to raise awareness of the homelessness in the UK.
A group of 3 youth workers, a Child Dynamix volunteer and 5 young people spent the whole evening at the event. The activities included - shelter building (the group made a shelter for 8 people and also won the shelter building competition), a general knowledge quiz attended by all participants, as well a visit from BBC Look North for a live broadcast.
Whilst in the shelters the young people engaged in discussions around youth homelessness, its causes and effects, as well as a homelessness quiz. Also, the young people entertained themselves by playing card games and guessing games and general chat. Temperatures where believed to have reached as low as -2 degrees over the night, but the group were able to keep warm enough to get a few hours sleep.
Overall the event was challenging, but fun and rewarding and it had a very positive impact on the young people. So far the fundraising efforts have been very successful – according to YMCA HUMBER on Friday, a total of £17,000 had been raised by all participants across both events in Hull and Grimsby.
We would like to say thank you to all that supported the event by fundraising donations, the children’s centre for donating the brownies, Elaine and Barrow Boys for the hot soup, and staff that came down to support and help out on the night.
The fundraising by Child Dynamix has surpassed the original target and is now at around £750 which is a huge success. Partly due to some very generous donations and fundraising efforts of The Sisters of Mercy nunnery and volunteer Helen Keenan. The funding raised by Child Dynamix will be used directly to support local young people in need that may be homeless, sofa surfing, living in temporary accommodation, or moving into accommodation for the first time.
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