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Homeless but not hopeless at the Big SleepOut in St Basils’ car park
What is it like to spend a night on the streets of Birmingham? I suppose when you are doing it with friends and colleagues, and you know it is for just one night, it can’t be too bad. Some of Birmingham’s businessmen and directors will be gaining a taste of homelessness on the 30th of November. It will be to raise money for St Basils – a homelessness service in the Digbeth area of Birmingham.
The businessmen and directors will be provided with – rather predictably – a cardboard box. They will also get some plastic to guard against the elements. Last year 350 people bedded down for the night in St Basils’ car park. Presumably well away from the prying eyes of any of Birmingham’s actual and longer term homeless.
Whilst the great camping trip in the city was probably unable to generate the true hopelessness characteristic of longer-term & unchosen homelessness, it did generate a lot of funds.
£90,000 from last year’s Big SleepOut has been used over the course of the last year to support the great work that is done at St Basils.
St Basils works with young people who are between 16 and 25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It helps 4,000 young people a year.