East Lothian Council

Young people help the homeless with essentials rucksacks

Published Friday 30th June 17

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Social enterprise initiative supports homeless

Kind hearted young people from East Lothian have made and distributed backpacks filled with essential items and distributed them to homeless people in Edinburgh.

The three young people – Amy, Rebecca and Brent – were taking part in an employability skills programme with award winning social enterprise Lead a Bright Future, in association with East Lothian Works. The Programme sees young people develop their confidence, life and work skills over a number of weeks in the lead up to leaving school. As part of this project, the young people developed their enterprising community project.

Brent, a young person taking part in the project, explained that he was inspired to help the homeless after travelling into Edinburgh and repeatedly seeing the same homeless person sitting on a bench. Brent said:

“After brainstorming lots of ideas, we decided that we would fill eight backpacks with everyday essential items and distribute these to homeless people. Lead A Bright Future donated the backpacks, and we then set out asking for donations to fill the backpacks from local businesses in East Lothian. We received refillable water bottles, torches, rain macs, flasks, hats, toiletries, and a donation of £30 to buy blankets. We were really excited to join Social Bite in Edinburgh to distribute the packs to homeless people this week.”

Gena McMullan, Project Lead from Lead a Bright Future, said:

“These young people are incredibly inspiring, they have all worked really hard to fill these backpacks and distribute them to people in need. It was particularly poignant for them to meet a homeless man in Social Bite and have the opportunity to gift him a backpack. They are great example of how young people can make a difference.”

Alison Hood, Team Leader – Employability, at East Lothian Works, said:

“East Lothian Works, East Lothian Council’s Employability Hub, works with a range of external partners including Lead a Bright Future to work in partnership, delivering a wide range of provision across the county to pupils whilst they are at school and post school. It has been a pleasure working with LABF and seeing the engagement from the young people development week on week.”

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