The cold weather is back again and Edinburgh’s homeless are the ones to feel it the most. To help out, Mountain Warehouse, a large outdoor clothing store, have kindly donated bundles of warm clothing to the Streetwork charity, who ensure it is handed out to those in need in Edinburgh.
Donations are especially vital at this point in the year which is why the donations made by Mountain Warehouse are sorely needed. The company, famous for clothing fit for sub-zero temperatures, has donated jackets, jumpers, boots, socks and many other items to give extra comfort to anyone out on the streets this winter.
Streetwork, part of Simon Community Scotland, deliver a range of services across Glasgow, Edinburgh and Central Scotland. They work with people who are facing difficult situations and find themselves in dire circumstances, and help to make positive changes for them.
Jan Williamson, Assistant Director of Services at Streetwork, said: “We are hugely grateful to everyone at Mountain Warehouse for their support; the items they donated will make a big difference for people on the streets this winter. Of course, we want to help everyone to find somewhere to live so they don’t have to sleep on the streets, but when there is no alternative, donations such as this from Mountain Warehouse can be life saving.”
The various services that Streetwork provides include helplines which offer access to amenities, support and advice, as well as the outreach team who actually head out on to the streets. It is their task to search for those people who may need help, but aren’t able or choose, for whatever reason, not to come forward themselves.
Thousands of people will be facing a homeless Christmas this year, and around 5,300 adults sleep rough at least once a year in Scotland. The Scottish government has set aside extra funding this year to help the homeless this winter. Many programmes across Scotland will benefit from extra government funds to help those people most vulnerable during these even harsher months.
Streetwork isn’t the only charity looking to prevent homelessness this festive season. Social Bite is responsible for setting up the ‘World’s Big Sleepout’, in which people all over the world do their bit for homelessness by spending a night out on the streets themselves. This global campaign aims to see 50,000 people sleep out on the 7th of December to raise a target of $50,000,000 (£38,800,750) homelessness and refugee causes worldwide.
https://www.bigsleepout.com in Edinburgh will see people take to Princes Street Gardens to step into the shoes of a rough sleeper for a night, and all funds raised will go to homeless charities.