11 Jan 2018

GreenSquare colleagues prepare to sleep out for charity

Staff from GreenSquare will be spending the night sleeping rough in Chippenham this month (January), to raise money and awareness for local homelessness charity Doorway. 

The biennial SleepOut event, organised by Doorway, is designed to make people experience what a growing number of homeless people endure on a regular basis. It aims to raise much needed funds for the Doorway drop-in centre, which helps people who are homeless, sofa surfing, or who have complex issues that might affect their ability to acquire or sustain a tenancy. 

GreenSquare’s chief executive Howard Toplis will be joined by Sue Matthews, community involvement officer; Neil Matthews, warehouse and purchasing officer; Ali Owens, tenancy enforcement officer; Helen Clarke, insight developer; and Sarah Offord, business systems support analyst, to take part in the SleepOut, alongside Doorway staff, volunteers and others from the local community. 

The SleepOut will take place from 7pm until 7am on Saturday 27 January 2018 at St Andrew’s Churchyard, Market Place, Chippenham. This year, it has been organised to coincide with Homeless Sunday, a national event, in order to increase awareness of homelessness in North Wiltshire.

Howard Toplis said: "We’re pleased to be supporting Doorway's SleepOut because we want to help local people move out of homelessness for good. With increasing pressure from funding cuts, and amidst rising levels of homelessness, charities like Doorway provide a vital service for people in need."

In December 2017, Doorway joined Wiltshire Council, and other homeless charities in the area to launch the Real Change Wiltshire campaign. The campaign aims to raise money for homeless charities in order to target the help needed for people who are sleeping rough, in preference to giving them money directly. 

Lisa Lewis, chief executive of Doorway, said: "A significant proportion of our work involves supporting people to sustain their housing tenancies. GreenSquare is the area’s largest social housing provider and so we are delighted that a team will be participating in our SleepOut event.”

To sponsor the team, and help to raise funds for Doorway, visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/GreenSquare

 To find out more about Doorway, visit www.doorwayproject.org.uk.