The evening of Wednesday 7th November saw Worthing College staff and students sleeping under the stars, exposed to the elements in aid of Worthing based charity Turning Tides, a community-led homelessness organisation, in our annual Sleep Out Event.
Staff and students shared a night sleeping on college grounds exposed to the weather, which had seen strong gusts and sporadic downpours earlier in the day, to gain an insight into the life of a rough sleeper. Our participants built shelters out of recycled cardboard packaging to protect themselves and their sleeping bags from the gusty and damp weather, it still made for an uncomfortable and enlightening experience for both staff and students alike.
The number of people sleeping rough in the UK has risen sharply in recent years, with homeless.org.uk recording a 15% increase between 2016-2017, with the South East having the second highest rate of homelessness, second only to London.
If you wish to donate money in support, you can do so here. The money raised will be for Turning Tides to support the homeless in the local community. The Charity supports over 1100 people each year by providing a range of services including a Community Hub and 4 Accommodation Projects