Students at New College Leicester discovered that the time after Christmas is the hardest for people who are homeless and so decided to do something about this, to ask for every student in Leicester to bring in one tin that can be donated to a homeless organisation. If all students in Leicester city did this, students found that they could provide a meal for over 10 per cent of the homeless population. Tin for the Tenth is their hope to galvanise the school councils across primary and secondary in the city to gather one tin of food from each child and this to be donated to a homeless charity. The campaign also wants to raise awareness of homelessness and its causes in an attempt to challenge the stigma and prejudice often aimed at vulnerable groups.
Liz Kendall MP, launched the tin for the tenth day and is encouraging all city schools to get involved and make a pledge to donate tins. Yasmine Al Saket a member of the student parliament at New College Leicester says “We are the future, young people need to make a stand and say enough is enough, look what young people can do, if adults are not solving the issue, we will try”.
To date Sera Shortland Head of Citizenship at New College Leicester says, “I am hopeful that student councils across Leicester will join with the students at New College Leicester. Homelessness is visible and of concern to our students and ’Tin for the Tenth’ is a student driven, student led campaign which is developing their skills of active participation and building their confidence in tackling a very complex issue. Their message is simple, one student, one tin. What a difference that would make in supporting the work of homeless organisations.