New ‘Sleepout’ event to highlight serious and current issues
With a bit of gentle persuasion from two of my colleagues at the Centre, I’ve signed up to take part in the Cardiff CEO Sleepout, which is being held in the grounds of Cardiff Castle on March 27th.
CEO Sleepout UK is a new and energetic charity – the Cardiff event is bringing together local business people to fight the causes of homelessness and poverty across the Cardiff city region where they live, work and do business.
I won’t be the first member of staff from the Centre to participate in such an event – last November, our Co-operative Housing Project Manager, Dave Palmer, raised almost £500 for Welsh homelessness charity Llamau in its own ‘sleep out’.
Teej Dew, our Financial Inclusion Programme Director, will be joining me at the CEO Sleep Out and, together, we hope to make a real difference to individuals faced with homelessness by increasing awareness of their circumstances and raising money for organisations that:
– address the hidden causes of homelessness by supporting those most at risk
– help individuals progress from homelessness to a more secure and positive future
– support people who are homeless and those faced with severe hardship.
The work of the Wales Co-operative Centre has, for many years, helped people, communities and businesses in the most disadvantaged areas to overcome significant challenges. Whether it’s supporting a furniture recycling social enterprise to supply affordable goods, increasing the use of credit union rent accounts, or helping someone to find work through a series of computer classes – tackling poverty is what we do! Much of this work was profiled in our inaugural ‘Tackling Poverty Fortnight’ campaign, last November.
By sleeping out for a night, I’m sure it will make me think how I’d cope if I was faced with homelessness as so many people do. The experience of CEO Sleepout will help to put life into perspective and reaffirm how valuable the work is that we do at the Centre.
The event in March will bring together dozens of CEOs, MDs and other senior managers from a host of local private and voluntary sector organisations. There will also be a few famous names joining us, including former rugby international Robert Jones, Tom Hingley of the Inspiral Carpets and Masterchef finalist Dale Williams. I’m sure their efforts won’t go unnoticed and will raise lots of money.
If you would like to donate, Teej and I would be very grateful. Please do so via the following fundraising page:
Chief Executive, Wales Co-operative Centre