SoConnect helps bring youth homelessness awareness to the Borders with Rock Trust’s ‘Sofa Stories.’
The charity is marking 30 years of work supporting vulnerable and at-risk young people by bringing the issue of youth homelessness right into the core of the community. The self-styled ‘Sofa Stories’ installation has appeared in community spaces across Scotland in the lead up to World Homelessness Day on 10th October.
These original events were so successful and engaging that SoConnect saw an opportunity to bring awareness to the Scottish Borders, inviting Rock Trust to pitch up at Tesco Extra in Galashiels on 4th December.
The event aims to highlight the hidden nature of youth homelessness. Many of us associate homelessness with rough sleeping and rooflessness, but this isn’t the case for 7,303* young people in Scotland. Through relationship breakdown or trauma, many young people end up sleeping on sofas (sofa surfing) or floors of friends and even strangers for short periods, placing them at significant risk of exploitation and abuse and their future at risk. Because of this, Rock Trust is using its 30th anniversary year to make the invisible nature of youth homelessness visible.
The new Sofa Stories event dates include:
3rd December – Livingston Designer Outlet, Livingston, from 10.00 am
4th December – Tesco Extra, Galashiels, from 10.00 am.
Kate Polson, CEO of Rock Trust had this to say about the local focus of Rock Trust’s campaign:
“It is incredibly important that we all recognise the extent of the youth homelessness crisis in Scotland, the majority of which is hidden from community view. Young people have so much potential if given the right support from their communities and that begins by having a conversation about what exactly youth homelessness is and how we can work together to fix it. The response from local businesses and communities has been fantastic, all willing to make time and space for us to engage in this conversation and ultimately, to bring more people on board with the mission to end youth homelessness”
Karin Moroney, Account Manager at SoConnect Ltd had this to say about the event:
“Many think of homelessness as being endemic to large cities. However, even in the idyllic Scottish Borders, we cannot ignore the issue of Youth Homelessness. Rock Trust has been a customer of SoConnect Ltd for almost four years, and in that time, we have built a strong working relationship. I am delighted that they agreed to our invitation to bring ‘Sofa Stories’ to the Borders to highlight the support that is available to this vulnerable section of our community.”
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*Figure taken from the Scottish Government Youth homelessness statistics document: 2019 to 2020 (www.gov.scot)
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