Project ReCamp returns to support Edinburgh’s homeless charities

Project ReCamp was launched in 2014 to combat the throw-away culture that we have seen develop at places like Glastonbury, where campers abandon their equipment and camping gear ends up in a landfill. Guests are encouraged to donate unwanted sleeping bags, pillows, camping chairs and tents so they can be passed onto people who need them.

This year, two Edinburgh charities were able to receive hundreds of sleeping bags from the donations that our guests made at Edinburgh Festival Camping.

We’d like to thank everyone who donated unwanted and unused camping kit this year to Project Re-Camp. We hope that these will come to good use this winter.

FOUR SQUARE

Four Square, an Edinburgh based charity collected sleeping bags and camping equipment for their own use and to distribute to other local charities.

“We have reserved a number of sleeping bags to keep in our Edinburgh Furniture Initiative vans so our drivers can offer them to rough sleepers they encounter.”

Four Square Edinburgh

Four Square provides a number of services for homeless and disadvantaged people, and run their social enterprise Edinburgh Furniture Initiative to help generate funding to continue their work.

“We accept good quality furniture, household items and appliances that we sell at discounted prices in our  two furniture warehouses. The money we collect from EFI goes back into the homeless accommodation services at Stopover and Number 20.We also accept financial donations through our Justgiving page.”

Chatting to the two charities about the items we had available for donation, they both told us how difficult it is to come across secondhand sleeping bags. These are not items that regularly get replaced, and people tend to keep them for a long time, so providing these for the homeless is incredibly difficult.

STREETWORK

Thank you to Camping Ninja for the donation of sleeping bags last August. Streetwork is Edinburgh’s local homeless charity. We are local and available for those with an extreme level of need and with really difficult life circumstances. We support people to resolve homelessness. We help work with them on their terms, at their pace and in their place to help them find their route off the street. 

The sleeping bags that you donated were given to people presenting at our Holyrood Hub. Our Hub is a welcoming place, where people can receive support and essential items to enable them a life off the street. Some of the people who present at our Hub are going through a really difficult time and your sleeping bags provided them with a bit of safety and warmth for the night.

There are many ways you can continue to support us:

Donate by SMS: Text STWK25 to 70070 to donate now. eg STWK25 £5.
· Donate through Just Giving
· Set up Regular donations
· Like us on Facebook
· Follow us on Twitter @street_work

Thank you again to all of those who donated their leftover camping equipment and sleeping bags so that we could pass these on. We hope that demand for camping equipment for the homeless will be less next year, but until that happens, we look forward to being able to continue offering our support to these vital services.