160 youths to endure a night sleeping rough on the streets of Edinburgh

The sleep out will be taking place on George Street. Source Rock Trust
The sleep out will be taking place on George Street. Source Rock Trust

The Sleep-out for youths, organised by Rock Trust, is due to commence on the 25th November.

12-21 year olds will spend the night sleeping on Edinburgh’s streets in a bid to fundraise for homeless Scottish youths.

The sleep out will be held on George Street, under the watchful eye of Rock Trust volunteers. Rock Trust have been organising the sleep out since its founding  25 years ago, which helps aid the young homeless to find housing.

Last year’s  Sleep Out events raised over £50,000 with the proceeds helping to fund projects around Edinburgh and Lothian shelters.

The money has also been used to advise and train young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Rock Trust, fundraising and events coordinator, Katriona Harding said: “It is a really important lesson for young people to learn, it opens up their eyes to what the homeless have to endure during a night on the streets. We don’t just think about the fundraising aspect, we like to think of it as a way for people to learn.”

Adverse weather conditions, general street noise and dealing with passers by are just some of the elements that the sleepers are going to embrace.

Fellow organiser of The Sleep out, Jill MacLennan said: “We tell everyone to bring a warm sleeping bag and lots of layers of clothing to try and keep warm throughout the night. Rock Trust also provides tarp that we can put over the sleepers in really bad weather, last year we had snow.”

Rock Trust is now in their 25th year. Source Rock Trust

Over 160 applicants registered to take part in the Sleep out., including  school children, youth groups, brigades and church groups.

The Sleep Out can provide valuable life lesson for the young people enabling them to become a voice for the young homeless.

Friday is set to look dry, but lows of minus one during the night will encourage the sleepers to wrap up warm and experience how it feel to sleep rough during the winter.

To donate or join in on the Sleep Out more details can be found on Rock Trust website.