Bainsford student sleep roughs for homeless campaign

Connor wants others to join him in sleeping rough
Connor wants others to join him in sleeping rough

A young student is planning to sleep rough to raise awareness of homelessness ... and is urging others to join him.

Connor Clydesdale, from Bainsford, will stay in a cardboard box for a night to experience the hardship homeless people face every day.

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Connor, who is studying youth work at Forth Valley College, became concerned about the issue after researching it for his studies.

He said: ‘‘Homelessness is increasing in the Falkirk area and I realised just how high the levels were.

‘‘On top of a lack of job opportunities for young people in the area, homelessness is a serious problem that not everyone knows much about, or is doing much about, unless they are directly affected by it.

‘‘I wanted to do something that would both raise awareness and help out. I’ll be experiencing the very same conditions homeless people face, like sleeping in a cardboard box or sheltering under a plastic bag from the rain.

‘‘The homeless people I’ve spoken to on the streets always say the conditions are never their friend.’’

People taking part will only be allowed cardboard boxes to sleep on and plastic bags for shelter throughout the night.

The 18-year-old has received funding of £300 from O2 Think Big to pay for the hire of the astroturf pitch at the Dawson Centre where he will spend the night.

Starting at 6 p.m. on June 22, he intends to be there till 6 a.m. the next morning

Money raised will go to the Salvation Army homeless shelter. He will also hold workshops for youth groups and the local community on homelessness and what people can do to help.

Bill Eyres, head of O2 Think Big, said: ‘‘Connor impressed us with his commitment to making a real difference and we wish him every success in what’s a really worthwhile project.’’

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