Edinburgh, Scotland —Across Europe, youth homelessness is on the rise. As well as those sleeping rough, young people without permanent housing bed down on friends’ floors and armchairs, when the only other alternative is living on the streets.
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Students at Edinburgh University in Scotland formed Slurp to help rough sleepers. The organization, backed by Ford, aims to get rough sleepers and hidden homeless, those without enough money for permanent housing but enough resources to stay out of shelters or on the street, back into paid employment and housing. Working alongside students, beneficiaries prepare home-made soup then sell it on campus, with profits paying for training opportunities and further education. They also receive an allowance, free lunch and a reference for prospective employers.
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Slurp was among the winners of the 2017 Ford College Community Challenge and a runner up in Ford UK Innovation Challenge, educational programs from Ford Motor Company Fund that provide grants to student-lead projects focused on building sustainable communities. Part of their £10,000 grant was invested in cargo bikes, allowing the Slurp team to move their business to different locations across campus and drive sales of their healthy soups.
“For many, the frightening prospect of living on the streets is real, Debbie Chennells, manager, Ford Fund, Ford of Europe, said. “I’m proud to say that, thanks to the Slurp initiative and the fantastic work they do, disadvantaged young people like Chris now have a chance to carry on with studies, start work and find a place they can call home.”