Take us through your position with Buttress, and how you came to be an Ambassador for LandAid.
I am an architect in the new build residential and social value teams at Buttress. Buttress is a B Corp Certified design studio and has embedded social value and EDI at the heart of its values, by targeting the highest standards of social and environmental performance. Their support enables me to be a Deputy National LandAid Ambassador.
I became a LandAid Ambassador due to my own personal experience. From an early age, I faced many challenges living in a dysfunctional family unit whilst growing up. At 16, I moved out of my home and into supportive accommodation, ran by the Frome Foyer as part of Mendip YMCA in Somerset.
SleepOut is fundraising for the homeless aged between 16-25. How will LandAid use the money raised from SleepOut to support young people struggling with homelessness?
Each SleepOut participant will be asked to raise over £166 –the cost of funding one bed space for a month. Collectively we hope to raise over £600,000 this year; every penny raised will take us one step closer to ending youth homelessness.
This money will be used to fund local projects, led by LandAid’s charity partners, in each of the seven locations the SleepOut is taking place this year.
Why should people take part in the event?
The SleepOut brings people from across the industry together to make a direct difference to the lives of young people who do not have a safe and secure place to call home.