The Sleep Easy Participants pictured with Councillor Frank Kelly and Lee Faby, YMCA East Surrey
On Friday 26th April a group of JRC Students and Xavier Tinto, the Student Services Manager, joined up with students and some staff at East Surrey College to take part in the YMCA’s Sleep Easy Event. It is a nationwide campaign which raises the awareness of the dangers of rough sleeping.
The night was spent building shelters out of cardboard which were then judged by 2 members of the YMCA. Team building activities and games took place throughout the night. It was a good opportunity to make new friends and most importantly raise money for the Homeless.
The students were determined to spend the night outside but due to bad weather the event was moved inside.
Three of the students involved made the following comments about their experience:
Jaden said: “It was such a great night, we made new friends and had so much fun. It was also really eye opening to see how the homeless live.”
Bismark commented: “I have never done anything like this before and it was a great experience. I learnt a lot and had a nice time as well.”
Clarence remarked: “it was really enjoyable, playing sport and other games was really fun. We also learnt a lot about what it takes to make a good shelter and how to keep warm.”