Team’s cold comfort from helping homeless

Manisha Dass, Emma-Mae Webb, Latifa Mulholland, Emma Noonan, Beth Reeder, Cheyenne Eugene, Henry Tombs, Fole Fowowe, Guy Thurlow, Lauren Hunt, Courtney Pearce, Jemma Castle, Alice Karsten, Millie Marshall, Shannon Newsham

Manisha Dass, Emma-Mae Webb, Latifa Mulholland, Emma Noonan, Beth Reeder, Cheyenne Eugene, Henry Tombs, Fole Fowowe, Guy Thurlow, Lauren Hunt, Courtney Pearce, Jemma Castle, Alice Karsten, Millie Marshall, Shannon Newsham Buy this photo

First published in News

YOUNG people slept rough to raise awareness of youth homelessness in Oxford.

The group of 15 teenagers aged beteen 16 and 17 united with their sleeping bags on Wednesday.

They came together over the last fortnight as part of the National Citizen Service programme where young people organise a project for a charitable cause or organisation.

As part of the programme, Team Babalaza chose to tackle the issue of homelessness, supporting national homelessness charity Centrepoint.

Team member Lauren Hunt, 16, from Henley-on-Thames said: “We realised that the charity was for young people so we automatically felt some sort of connection to it.”

The sleep out event was supported by the charity Oxfordshire Association for Young People and took place outside its Headington offices in North Place.

Miss Hunt said: “It was quite daunting, those 12 hours we had to stay out in the cold.

“I was expecting it to be a lot easier like sleeping in a tent but it was just different.”

Lizzie Carline, co-ordinator for the National Citizen Service project, said: “It’s so important for young people to really realise their full potential and to do that outside a school environment.”

Our top stories:

Update: Murder investigation after man "stabbed on a boat" in Abingdon

Oxford Mail:

7:09am Monday 20th October 2014

A MAN was stabbed to death in Abingdon last night.

On-target Alfie Potter hails dream day as Oxford United regain winning habit + VIDEO

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Monday 20th October 2014

ALFIE Potter hailed a “perfect day” as he came off the bench to score and give Oxford United a much-needed victory over Tranmere Rovers.

Man who scared off burglars with a sword from his Witney home is left feeling 'a bag of nerves'

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 20th October 2014

A BURGLARY victim who scared off his intruders while holding a sword said the incident had left him emotionally scarred.

Britain's Got Talent star Fabia and her feathered friends go burlesque for breast cancer funds in Cowley

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 20th October 2014

OXFORD’S own burlesque star Fabia Cerra hosted a special dancing class over the weekend to raise money for charity.

DIDCOT POWER STATION FIRE: 'It was a bit of an inferno' + Video

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 20th October 2014

A HUGE fire ripped through a cooling tower at Didcot Power Station last night.

Taking the sugar out of diet is film’s sweet plan for Oxfordshire residents' health

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Monday 20th October 2014

YOUNGSTERS from Rose Hill have taken to the silver screen to encourage families across Oxfordshire to make healthier food choices.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree