Wee Sleep Out
2018 saw Social Bite take its mission to end homelessness not only to Scotland’s four largest cities but into the classrooms and back gardens of young people across the country too. From the Isle of Raasay to the Isle of Arran, and from Dornoch to Kelso: just shy of 5,000 young people took part in Social Bite’s Wee Sleep Out – collectively raising over £100,000.
Social Bite’s first Sleep in the Park generated significant levels of funds and awareness however, it did leave a considerable young-person-shaped-hole in this picture of a nation coming together to end homelessness. There was an overwhelming response from those too young to get involved in the event. It became increasingly apparent to us how important it is to educate Scotland’s young people on the issue of homelessness, and how intrinsic they are in affecting both cultural and political change.
Wee Sleep Out was pioneered by Alice Thompson, Social Bite Co-Founder, and a small dedicated team; with the support of Scottish Government’s Year of Young People. Engaging with schools and youth projects across the country the initiative empowered and enabled young people to host their own sleep outs – in their homes, gardens, schools, church halls and outdoors. The main aim of this initiative is to educate young people throughout Scotland on homelessness and Social Bite’s work through inspiring workshops they can engage in while challenging them to create their own Wee Sleep Out to raise money and awareness to end homelessness. The team delivered 39 workshops to approximately 900 young people on the issue of homelessness, social enterprises and how to organise their own sleep out.
Social Bite’s Wee Sleep Out 2018 raised £169,043 engaged over 5000 young people in 179 events, empowering them to create change in their local communities; the impact of which spans beyond participants to supporting adults, teachers, and family members. Wee Sleep Out inspires young people across the country to change the world around them.
“We may be young but we still have lots of ideas about how to raise awareness and money and it’s important for us to know about what’s happening in the world and if we start now we can help more when we are bigger”
Ollie, 9, Burnbrae Boys