Joining UK business leaders in charity sleepout
3rd August 2022
Ex-offenders are leaving prison and having to navigate the housing and cost of living crisis. For some, their lack of digital know-how and limited life skills makes it harder for them to secure a job or access benefits. This can quickly lead to poverty and homelessness. Ministry of Justice figures released in 2020 showed nearly one in five people who leave prison end up homeless and a further 15% remain in unsettled accommodation.
James Tweed, CEO of Coracle, is helping highlight this issue by sleeping shoulder to shoulder with other business leaders for one night in November. He says, “We all need to do more to support people reintegrate back into their communities. Coracle is making a start by improving people’s digital literacy while they serve their sentence. But the huge financial and economic challenges in the UK at the moment are making it harder and harder for ex-offenders to find jobs and secure homes when they leave prison.”
He continues, “That’s why I am taking part in CEO Sleepout. With other business leaders, I want to draw attention to the problem and show my support for homelessness charities who are working hard to help those already living on the streets or in temporary accommodation in the UK.”
CEO Sleepout is a nationwide initiative to fight homelessness. Each CEO is asked to raise £1,000 to take part. To date over £3 million has been raised and shared among over 100 charities in the UK.
You can sponsor James here and you can read more about CEO Sleepout here.
With other business leaders, I want to draw attention to the problem and show my support for homelessness charities who are working hard to help those already living on the streets. James Tweed, Coracle CEO