Leeds Branch ‘Rough’ It For A Good Cause

16 Aug 2012

GMB Leeds Civic Branch (for members working in Leeds City Council) are currently working with the Leeds-based charity ‘Simon on the Streets’. We believe that the work they do is vital to our community by offering front line emotional and practical support to those who need it. Simon on the Streets’ role is to offer individual support to those who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless; those with behavioural and mental health issues and those who are struggling with an addiction.

As a Branch we were horrified but not surprised to see the latest figures on homelessness had increased by 40% in the last year. This has been reported in the Guardian newspaper and on the Inside Housing website. With these figures in mind, and the fact that Simon on the Streets does not get any Government funding, we would like to raise awareness and raise money for the very important work that Simon on the Streets do for our community.  We have arranged to do a sponsored Sleep-Out. We will be sleeping rough through the night of Monday 1st to Tuesday 2nd October 2012 in Millennium Square, Leeds. We have the support of Leeds City Council’s CEO Tom Riordan, Council Leader Cllr Wakefield and Lead Member for Adult Social Care Cllr Yeadon to organise the event.

This event is exclusively for GMB members and we need 100 people to commit to join us and raise funds to hit our target. If we can do so, Simon on the Streets will be able to employ a Support Worker for a 12-month period.

To take part please contact Neil Cole on 0113 2474032 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) You will need to be quick as places are filling up fast and we are operating on a first come first served basis.  We have set up a justgiving Team Page to allow for donations to be made online.  Please click here if you would like to donate now

If making a donation by cheque, please make payable to ‘Simon on the Streets’ and send to Neil Cole, c/o GMB Convenors’ Office, Civic Hall, Leeds LS1 1UR.  We hope you will all be able to get involved in some way. Your support is appreciated.