At the tail end of 2023, Scott Quig, national sales manager at Corrivo, joined by his son, participated in the Burton upon Trent and district YMCA Sleepout. In its 15th year, the Sleepout is an initiative aimed at raising funds and awareness for people facing homelessness.
The father and son duo spent a night exposed to cold temperatures, to shed light on the stark contrast between a single night for them and the ongoing, harsh reality for many others who are homeless.
During the winter, as temperatures drop, Corrivo is supporting the YMCA in its mission to address the growing challenges of homelessness. Scott says: “I do as much as I can with the YMCA. Especially now that my kids are at an age where I can get them involved with charity work and give them some experience and perspective on what life is like for people less fortunate than us. It’s a great opportunity for them to learn to appreciate what they have a bit more and hopefully talk about it at school and raise some awareness and money themselves.
“I’ve taken part in the sleepouts before and we always donate what we can to local food banks, but I wanted us to do this as a family. Unfortunately, we had some illness in the house, so my youngest and I went along. It wasn’t easy, but it’s clear that he now appreciates things a little more and talking to other families and people there helped pass the time. It was a great experience, very rewarding and humbling at the same time.”
The YMCA is one of the largest providers of secure and supported accommodation for young people in both England and Wales. Their network has over 9,466 beds, ranging from emergency shelters to sustained longer-term housing and youth hostels.
Annually, the YMCA extends its vital support to over 20,357 individuals grappling with homelessness. If you want to support their work or join the cause, visit https://burtonymca.org/sleepout/