School aims to make big impact with Wee Sleep Out

High School of Dundee pupils and staff are hoping to make a big difference in the campaign to end homelessness by staging their own Wee Sleep Out

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This weekend, a group of 74 Senior School pupils and 7 members of staff will spend a night sleeping outside in order to help raise awareness of homelessness and generate funds for Social Bite’s campaign to eradicate it.

Part of a series of Wee Sleep Outs being held across the country, the High School’s event will see the group members sleep under the stars at Mayfield, equipped with only warm clothes, a sleeping bag and a survival bag.  

The money which the group raises through sponsorship will go towards Social Bite’s major Housing First initiative, which seeks to take 800 rough sleepers off the streets of Scotland by 2020.

Karlene Douglas, Charities and Community Outreach Co-ordinator at the High School, said, “We are celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People by running this event which will empower our pupils to make a difference by raising awareness of homelessness and funds to help tackle the problem.”

Deputy Rector Lise Hudson is one of those taking part. She said, “We have been overwhelmed by the number of our young people who have volunteered to take part in the HSD Wee Sleep Out this weekend.

“I will be stepping out of my comfort zone but I’m delighted to be joining the pupils in order to raise awareness of this very important issue both in our own local community and much further afield.”

The Wee Sleep Outs taking place across Scotland this weekend will mirror Social Bite’s Big Sleep Out events which are taking place in Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen next month.

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