The homeless situation in the UK is at a crisis point, with a 4% year-on-year increase (that’s 13,000 more people homeless this year than last year, and those statistics may even be an underestimate, according to Shelter).
Focusing in on Scotland, the statistics in the two regions that Local Student Storage currently operates, Edinburgh and St Andrews, are alarming. These statistics, compiled by Shelter Scotland last year, show that Edinburgh had over 3,352 homeless applications, and the Fife region had over 2,441 homeless applications.
We at Local Student Storage have had an idea. We would like to trial a donation programme whereby students can fill any of their unused boxes with unwanted clothes/items which the Local Student Storage team will collect and donate to the local homeless shelter.
“We often find that students don’t use all of the boxes that they order from us, and
that many students throw out a large amount of clothes and other items when they
leave town”, explains LSS Director, Harry Bremner. “As such, we’re going to be piloting a new project this summer where we will be encouraging students to fill up any unused
boxes with spare clothes or unwanted items, which we will collect for free and donate
to the local homeless shelter”.
Students can also freely order donation boxes from our website which we will deliver and return to collect, even if they are not using our service! How to do this:
Select 'Standard Box' from the online store and go to checkout
Write ‘donation box’ in the comments section on the booking page
Select the day that you'd like us to deliver the box and the day that you'd like us to collect it
For students using our service, feel free to order an extra standard box and simply write 'Donation Box' and hand it over to our collection team when we collect your other items.
Booking with Local Student Storage now equates to supporting student enterprise,
the environment, a very worthy charitable cause, your bank balance, and your sanity.
At exactly the right time of year.