Byte Night Scotland 2018: Preventing Youth Homelessness
Technology and business professionals are getting ready to spend the night under the stars in Glasgow and Edinburgh in Byte Night Scotland 2018 to help tackle youth homelessness.
Last year’s Byte Night, organised by Action for Children, was a huge success with more than 200 people taking part across both cities, raising £135,000 and the charity is aiming to build on that success this year. Since launching in Scotland in 2008, the annual sleep out has raised £834k to support the charity’s work in local communities throughout Scotland.
A UK-wide event, Byte Night has raised more than £10 million since 1998, and will take place at 12 locations on Friday 5th October 2018. If you would like to participate in Byte Night Scotland 2018 you can register online.
The sleep out helps raise funds for Action for Children to help prevent youth homelessness. The charity’s services act early to stop abuse and neglect, guide young people when family relationships break down, and find safe and loving homes with foster and adoptive parents. The charity has a number of services and support networks that help prevent young people’s ‘home’ being a cold paving slab.
One Night Makes a Huge Difference
Grant McFarlane, Fundraising Manager at Action for Children, said: “Last year’s Byte Night in Scotland was our biggest yet. We’re grateful for the wonderful support and fundraising efforts of all of the sleepers and teams from companies across the country who have taken part in previous years and who have signed up to sleep out this year.”
“This one night makes a huge difference to Action for Children’s efforts in tackling youth homelessness and I’d encourage those who haven’t yet signed up to get involved and play their part in improving the lives of disadvantaged young people across Scotland.”
Brodie Shepherd, Byte Night Scotland board member and Business Development Director at Bridgeall, said: “We are looking forward to having Byte Night in Glasgow and Edinburgh again. Half of adults who are homeless become homeless for the first time when they were aged under 21, so Action for Children’s services helping young people at risk in Glasgow, Edinburgh and across the country are so important.
Rhona Hutchon, Byte Night Scotland board member and Director at Harvey Nash in Scotland, said: “Across Scotland, Action for Children runs a range of services which support young people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.
“Over the years I’ve been involved in Byte Night I’ve had the chance to meet young people whose lives have been transformed thanks to Action for Children and Byte Night.”
“It is humbling to play a part in raising money to support this valuable work. Byte Night is a great event, allowing businesses to come together, and make a genuine difference. If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time and I would encourage you to join us.”