Sleep in the Park in December 2018 saw 10,000 people join together to petition for an end to homelessness, for good; The largest ever “Sleepout” event raised £3.65m for the cause. BLACKBOX provided Audio Technical services at events in Glasgow and Edinburgh where social bite Events featured a busker sets from superstar local and national acts, a bedtime story from an iconic local figure and, importantly, the voices of people who have experienced homelessness and housing insecurity.
The crowds who joined for the night included over 400 people who were currently experiencing homelessness and receiving support from partner organisations across Scotland.
Sleep in the Park is not an exercise in pretending to sleep rough. An event like this can never recreate the true experience of homelessness, however, it undoubtedly can generate awareness and empathy and keeps the spotlight firmly on a situation which we believe should not exist in this country.