The Cold Truth Sleepout at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium


29.01.2020

UWTSD’s Bronwen Williams, Academic Director at the University’s Institute of Management and Health will join hundreds of individuals and businesses taking part in the Cold Truth Sleepout on February 20 at the Liberty Stadium from 8pm to 8am.

UWTSD’s Bronwen Williams, Academic Director at the University’s Institute of Management and Health will join hundreds of individuals and businesses taking part in the Cold Truth Sleepout on February 20 at the Liberty Stadium.

Organised by The Wave and Swansea Sound, participants will spend one night sleeping outside to raise money and awareness of the issue of homelessness. The event is not a comparison to the life of a homeless person, but aims to highlight some of the challenges faced.

The campaign will fundraise for five local charities that support homelessness throughout South Wales. Shelter Cymru, whose work over 35 years has helped over half a million people. Shelter Cymru believe that everyone in Wales has the right to a decent, secure home. Shelter Cymru provide free specialist advice. www.sheltercymru.org.uk

Matthew’s House provides a ‘home’ in the heart of Swansea for those who are most vulnerable. A building that is known for providing a lifeline for the homeless and others who need it. www.matthewshouse.org.uk

Zac’s Place - Over the years Zac’s Place has earned a reputation for providing a safe haven and an environment of pro-active care and concern for some of Swansea’s most alienated people. www.zacsplace.org

Llamau - Llamau’s mission is to end youth homelessness and homelessness for women in Wales for good. It’s a big ambition and to some people it might seem impossible. But at Llamau, we know that homelessness is not inevitable. It really doesn’t have to exist. If we all come together, we can live in a world without homelessness.

https://www.llamau.org.uk/what-we-do

Salute - Lee West & Paul O'Dwyer started Trampface in 2014 to raise awareness of the amount of ex-military men & women who are sadly living on our streets. After 4 years and raising over £40,000 they decided to start a local not for profit organisation called SA1UTE with some other selfless fundraisers. This organisation is aimed at helping veterans within South Wales to get back on their feet, provide a helping hand and offer support where it's needed most.

Bronwen said: "I have been involved in setting strategy for the Night time Economy (NTE) in Swansea for many years and have seen first-hand how many rough sleepers are in Swansea’s NTE even in the coldest of temperatures. The work of Llamau, Shelter Cymru, Zac’s Place, Salute and Mathew’s house are invaluable resources to help people who find themselves on the streets. Our students already work closely with some of these charities. I want to do my bit to help raise awareness and funds for these charities. It is also a massive personal challenge as I am always cold so it will be interesting for me to see how I will cope.”

At the start of each academic year, first-year Business Management students at the Institute of Management and Health are tasked with helping 12 charities to raise awareness of their causes as well as helping them to raise money.

The organisations include Matthew’s House, Zac’s Place, a local school, and a theatre group with students having to arrange a range of projects whilst also documenting their activities and campaigns by creating dedicated websites and social media.

* If you would like to sponsor Bronwen or join her at the Big Sleep Out, check out her JustGiving page.

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Further Information

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