Over 1,000 property professionals across the UK will brave an evening outside on Thursday 10th March to raise over half a million pounds to help us fight youth homelessness.
LandAid is the property industry charity, working to end youth homelessness in the UK. They bring the property industry together to support charities like us who deliver life-changing services for young people who are or have been homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness in the future. Through a unique network of corporate partners, they invest funding and expertise where their work can achieve lasting impact.
The Birmingham SleepOut, sponsored by Prologis, will take place at Q-Park, Mailbox and each participant will be asked to raise over £166, the cost of funding a bed space for a month.
All proceeds raised from the Birmingham SleepOut will be donated generously to St Basils to help end youth homelessness.
The Live and Work Village provides accommodation for young workers for under £43 per week, inclusive of all bills. The scheme is open to 16 to 24 year olds in the West Midlands who are employed – and is particularly ideal for apprentices and those on a low income. The scheme is totally Benefit Free, which means that young people get the opportunity to Live and Work without having to rely on welfare benefits. The current Phase 1 scheme is home to 32 young people and provides an additional on-call service should a young person need out of hours support.
Since opening in 2015, the scheme has won numerous awards, including two for NHS partnership work and one for ‘Excellence in Education’, as well as the 2018 National Housing Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to tackling Homelessness’ and National Housing Award in 2020 for ‘Homelessness Partnership of the Year’. We are keen to expand our Live and Work scheme and provide this opportunity to more of our young people.
Paul Morrish, chief executive of LandAid, said: “I am delighted that we are taking the LandAid SleepOut to six different locations across the UK as well as virtually, giving everyone the opportunity to brave one cold night outside to end youth homelessness.”
“This year, I hope that even more property professionals from across the country will be sleeping out for one night with all of us to make changes to young people’s lives which will last a lifetime.”
Ruth Miley, M7’s senior asset manager for the Mailbox, added: “The LandAid SleepOut is an important annual event for the property sector, and we hope that by hosting this year’s Midlands SleepOut at Mailbox, we can help to bring even more people together to raise vital funds to support Birmingham’s vulnerable young people.”
Or find out more about the event here.