An engineering firm is hoping to raise £30,000 from a sleep-out event to help eradicate homelessness.
Wood PLC has pledged to take part in the Sleep in the Park event at Duthie Park in December, with all proceeds going to social enterprise Social Bite.
The company is hoping to bring in £30,000 from 200 staff taking part, which will be used to fund Housing First, an initiative which offers wrap-around care for people who are sleeping rough.
Housing First will be rolled out in five cities across Scotland, partially funded by both the Scottish Government and Social Bite.
Dave Stewart, CEO of asset solutions business across Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia at Wood, said: “I found out about it through some of my colleagues in the oil and gas sector, then by the time I had got in touch with our head of marketing about taking part, some of my colleagues had already met the founder of Social Bite, Josh Littlejohn, and signed up.
“So I’m not quite sure whose idea it was, but they beat me to the punch.”
He added: “We’re looking to raise about £30,000, and we’re hoping that 200 of us will take part. It’s such a great cause we’re really hoping we can get at least that amount of staff and families to get involved.
“Social Bite’s programme that’s looking to eradicate rough sleeping in Scotland, whether it be the village that they’ve set up in Edinburgh or the fact they’ve given out 100,000 food items in the past year, is really excellent.
“All the things Social Bite is looking to do to eradicate rough sleeping in this country, then we’re strongly behind it.”
The sleep-out event coincides with the relaunch of Wood’s corporate values. Dave said: “Our new values are around care, courage and commitment, and I think it’s going to take a lot of courage and commitment to spend the night outside in the freezing cold. This is a tough thing to do. When you walk past homeless people in cities all across Scotland you can really see how tough it is for them.”
Stirling, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh will all benefit from the programme, which has seen more than 800 properties released to be given to homeless people with complex needs.
The programme offers support alongside housing, including help with drug and alcohol addictions or mental health issues.