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Charity sleep out on Omagh streets will highlight homelessness

LOCAL people have been urged to don their warmest clothes and sleeping bag and camp out on the chilly streets of Omagh for a very good cause.

Hosted by Shelter NI, the ‘Omagh Sleep Out’ event will show unity with people who are roofless, while highlighting the more hidden forms of homelessness: those living in temporary accommodation such as a hostel or bed and breakfast; ‘sofa-surfing’; those at risk of violence if they remain in their homes; people living in poor conditions that are damaging to their health; or those living in homes unsuitable for them.

The event will take place at 1 Market Street, Omagh which is home to the charity’s ‘Project: SLATE’ (Supported Living, Advice & Tenant Engagement).

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SLATE supports young people aged 16-25, by providing a free and confidential service for young people seeking assistance and advice, as well as supporting living accommodation and floating support services to young adults at risk of homelessness in Omagh.

“We are thrilled to announce Shelter NI Omagh Sleep Out, so get your warmest clothes and sleeping bag and come join us on this great night,” said a charity spokesperson.

“Every day across Northern Ireland 50 families and individuals present as homeless, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

“By sleeping out for the night we hope to raise vital funds to continue combating homelessness and poor housing conditions, and provide housing services and advice throughout GABLE (Gateway to a Better Living Experience) and SLATE projects which in the last financial year, helped approximately 550 people.”

• The ‘Omagh Sleep Out’ event will take place on Friday, November 30 from 7pm to 7am at 1 Market Street, Omagh. To register, please contact Ânia Gonçalves at events@shelterni.org.

You must be over 18 to participate in this event. Once you submitted your registration a member of the Shelter NI team will contact you via email to give you further instructions.

Each participant is asked to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship. The easiest way to do this is via LocalGiving.com or via Facebook Fundraisers.

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