Follow our reporter live as she spends a night sleeping rough on the streets of Norwich
PUBLISHED: 16:38 01 November 2012 | UPDATED: 16:56 01 November 2012
Norfolk’s Chief Fire Officer, a group of fire cadets and Evening News reporter Lucy Wright will sleep rough for a night to learn first hand what it is like to be homeless.
Nigel Williams and other senior fire officers will join the Wymondham Fire Cadets outside The Forum in Norwich tonight.
The group will spend the evening learning about homelessness, helping at a Salvation Army soup kitchen and then sleep outside overnight.
The sleep out has been organised by group manager Richard Herrell to help teach the fire cadets more about homelessness outside the classroom.
The cadets have put together and donated 10 survival packs to St Martins Housing Trust, a Norwich-based organisation which helps homeless people.
Group Manager Herrell said: We have learnt a lot about homeless people from colleagues at St Martins Housing Trust.
The project has enabled us to see the challenges homeless people face from many different perspectives. This will help our cadets to develop their life skills.
Norfolk Fire and Rescue will also develop as a consequence of this work. We will soon be delivering some training to the Trust to assist them in identifying the hidden fire hazards in the areas homeless people might find themselves.
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