Justin Jansen

A student from City of Wolverhampton College is preparing to sleep rough on the streets of Birmingham in aid of charity.

Eighteen-year-old Justin Jansen, a Public Services student, will be joining around 200 other young people who will be swapping their warm and cosy beds for cardboard boxes on March 4.

They will be sleeping in the open air for 12 hours, and with latest predictions from the Met Office suggesting temperatures will plummet to 0c, the youngsters are preparing for a long night.

Justin said: “I’m expecting it to be cold and miserable but it is only for one night. Some people have no choice but to camp out on the streets day after day, regardless of the weather.”

As well as raising awareness of the problems homeless people face, the event will also be used to collect food, clothing and donations which will be donated to charity Up4Giving.

The sleep-out has been organised by the National Citizen Service South Birmingham Youth Board and forms part of a four week National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, a government-led initiative designed to support young people in the transition to adulthood through residential projects and community-based activities.

The group will be experiencing a night sleeping rough as part of their social action plan which is an integral part of the NCS programme.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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