Belfast teenagers spend an uncomfortable night in city centre to raise awareness of homelessness

Dozens of teenagers spent an uncomfortable night sleeping rough in Belfast city centre to raise awareness of homelessness.

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The young people, aged 15 to 18 and from all sections of the community, spent the night in the grounds of City Hall as part of Youth Initiative for Homelessness.

They gathered up their belongings shortly after 6am having lay out for 12 hours.

Community worker Paul McCusker, who arranged the event, said the teenagers were inspired to do more to help tackle homelessness having experienced a night on the streets.

He told Belfast Live: “It went very well and gave them a real insight.

“Many of them want to take it further to support the homeless and homeless charities.

“It has been a great way of raising awareness.

“Young people in particular have a big interest in homelessness and want to help.”

The teenagers, from across Belfast, were supported by a string of visitors including Lord Mayor Arder Carson, former first citizen Nichola Mallon and comedian Tim McGarry.

Teenagers from 10 youth centres were involved including clubs from Tigers Bay, Ballymurphy, Ardoyne, Shankill, Whiterock, Springmartin and New Lodge.

Paul added: “As more and more people are faced to sleep rough on our streets and present as homeless we hope that events like this will help keep highlighting the issue and possibly get more help and support put in place.”

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