Staff and Sixth Formers took part in the Solihull SleepOut on behalf of St Basils, the charity working to help young homeless people across the West Midlands. Saint Martin’s have been supporting St Basils for at least 16 years, with Mrs Winnett organising participants for the SleepOut for the last 12 years.
Fourteen Sixth Form students and nine members of staff took part in sleeping rough for one night on concrete in a drafty disused warehouse. They were given cardboard boxes and a big plastic bag to make a shelter. They hope to raise funds to support projects for young homeless people aged 16 to 25 years within the borough of Solihull. Two young women who are supported by St Basils projects spoke of their harrowing lives before they approached the charity. Their lives have been turned around and now they have the self esteem and confidence to make a difference to other peoples’ lives especially the young homeless. The photographs show girls making shelters and in one instance a powerful message, which said simply in a number of different languages,’No matter where in the world … Every young person deserves a home’
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