Fan­tas­tic fundraiser un­der the stars is sure to be a roar­ing suc­cess

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

Sleep in the Park is due to take place on De­cem­ber 8 in Dundee’s Slessor Gar­dens.

In­di­vid­u­als, aged 16 and over, and groups are wel­come to take part, with a min­i­mum £100 fundrais­ing com­mit­ment for a sin­gle per­son.

Groups, which should be formed of more than five peo­ple, are tasked with rais­ing at least £3,000.

The clos­ing date for en­tries is De­cem­ber 2, and peo­ple can sign up by vis­it­ing: sleepinthep­

So­cial Bite will of­fer up a por­tion of the cash that is made through the sleep-out – hoped to be as much as £4 mil­lion across the coun­try – to char­i­ties in each of the four cities tak­ing part – Dundee, Glas­gow, Ed­in­burgh and Aberdeen.

Across Scot­land, 830 prop­er­ties have al­ready been pledged to the project, with more than 50 now be­ing used in Glas­gow.

Hous­ing First Dundee is led by Trans­form Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment with a con­sor­tium com­pris­ing Sal­va­tion Army Dundee, Dundee Sur­vival Group (DSG) and Ad­dac­tion.

Each one spe­cialises in deal­ing with home­less­ness or men­tal health is­sues and will act as a point of con­tact for the pro­gramme in Dundee, iden­ti­fy­ing those most in need.

The city is one of four more cities cho­sen to ben­e­fit from the pro­gramme, as well as Ed­in­burgh, Stir­ling and Aberdeen. The first ten­ants in these four cities will be moved in dur­ing this month, with more peo­ple added to the pro­gramme ev­ery month.

The orig­i­nal idea came from the Y-Foun­da­tion in Fin­land. Started in 1985 , the foun­da­tion seeks out so­cial hous­ing for peo­ple in need, and it is now the fourth big­gest land­lord in Fin­land – with 16,650 apart­ments owned in 50 com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try.

Pic­ture: Ste­wart Attwood.

Peo­ple ar­rive for last year’s Sleep in the Park in Ed­in­burgh.

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