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One night ‘roughing it’ translating into help for the homeless of Leeds

On September 26th Global Lingo team members Andrew Trotter, Jonny Bates and Richard Michie will be sleeping on the streets of Leeds to help raise awareness and funds for Simon on the Streets, a Leeds based charity which supports the homeless of West Yorkshire.

Jonny said: “I’m passionate about Simon on the Streets because, as one of their volunteers, I see on a weekly basis how they help and support people who otherwise would have no-one to turn to. They are a local and transparent charity who genuinely care about the less fortunate in society.”

The three are trying to hit a very ambitious target of £1,000 for the charity. In addition to the company’s Just Giving page, the team in Leeds have been donating £1 to wear casual clothes in the office since May this year to help boost their donation to Simon on the Streets.

Richard Michie said: “As a Leeds based company we’re really passionate about giving back to the local community. A night on the streets still feels a pretty scary prospect to me, but I know it’s just for one night.”

If you would like to us hit our £1,000 target please visit our Just Giving page: Global Lingo’s Just Giving page.

About Simon on the Streets

Simon on the Streets is an independent charity that works with those who have complex needs and cannot or will not access other services. Within that group the focus is on people who are homeless and rootless, especially those with issues related to rough sleeping.

The aim of the charity is to bring people leading solitary harmful lives, with little or no vision for a better future in from the margins of society. The charity will achieve this by supporting people to find aspirations and giving unlimited opportunities to achieve sustainable positive change.

The support is offered on an entirely outreach basis and is not time limited. The approach taken with service users is to recognise emotional support as a high value offering and to understand that building a quality relationship with service users will underpin any support given.

Most people who fit the above criteria will lack the motivation for positive change; workers will never allow this to be a barrier to engagement and will always seek to build this motivation. The charity recognise that positive change will often be slow to achieve and commits to ensuring that at times of slow change or no change it will not allow efforts to decrease.

Click this link to visit the Simon on the Streets website http://www.simononthestreets.co.uk

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