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Star Sleep Out

  

This November, seven brave STARs spent a chilly night in the cloisters of Glasgow Uni at the POSITIVE ACTION IN HOUSING SLEEPOUT, to help raise money for their LIFELINE fund, which supports asylum seekers who have been made destitute.

With plenty of snacks donated by Ashoka, Starbucks and Subway (thankyou!) and entertainment courtesy of some of the more musical and athletic members of STAR, the sleepout was great fun, but it also highlighted some serious issues.

Despite the shelter of the cloisters, a lot of layers, and blankets, it was a bitterly cold night, reminding everyone that for some people, sleeping rough is a sad reality.  Those seeking asylum are particularly at risk of being made destitute, as they are not allowed to work, and have to be completely dependent on the Home Office for housing and benefits. Many are forced into destitution when they have had their applications rejected but are challenging this decision or are unable to return to their country, and administrative errors can also result in benefits being suspended.

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