Norwich Sleep Out 2018 - be part of it!

Norwich City Football Club, Carrow Road
Thursday 15th November 2018
 
Could you spend a winter's night sleeping outside?
Challenge yourself and help us to end youth homelessness
 
With Norwich City Football Club as our new venue for 2018, we invite you, your friends and colleagues to join us for what we hope will be our biggest Sleep Out to date. 
 
We want to end youth homelessness and we are tackling the problem locally by providing a home and support to over 100 vulnerable young adults each night. We give the young people stability and support their education, training and careers and ensure they have life skills such as shopping, cooking and being able to budget their money so they can leave us to forge an independent life.
 
Your support at Sleep Out will help make this happen. Whether you wish to take part as an individual or in a group, you can help us to keep vulnerable young adults off the streets by fundraising and gaining sponsorship for your challenge.
 
We recognise that Sleep Out is not the same as the real hardship faced by rough sleepers but it does give those participating the opportunity to see for themselves what it might feel like to be homeless.
 
The event is also a great way to build awareness of the issue of homelessness in our region, whilst raising much-needed funds, which are used to deliver the work we do to tackle youth homelessness in Norfolk. In today's climate of funding cuts and political uncertainty, fundraising has become more important than ever if we are to continue the work we do in this region.

 

#TBFsleepout - be part of it

 
 

Why a Sleep Out? 

The Benjamin Foundation is the eastern region partner of the End Youth Homelessness partnership and each of the member charities around the UK organise Sleep Out events in November.
 
There are 83,000 homeless young people (source: eyh.org.uk) and money raised helps prevent more young people ending up on the streets. 
 

Book Your Place Now

We are using Eventbrite* for you to book your place at one of our Sleep Out events. 
 
 
 
The registering cost is £25.00 per person, plus £1.49 Eventbrite fee. This reserves your place at your chosen event and helps us cover our costs.   
 
If you'd rather pay by cheque, bank transfer or cash to our Head Office please contact Chris Elliott by phone 01603 886933 or email chris.elliott@benjaminfoundation.co.uk
 
We will be holding an Ipswich Sleep Out event in November. We will announce details once confirmed. Please register your interest: events@benjaminfoundation.co.uk 
 
Note: These events are only open to people aged 18 years and above.
 

Fundraising

We ask each participant to raise a minimum of £100.00 in sponsorship, in addition to the registration fee. The easiest way to do this is via Virgin Money Giving, where our charity is registered.  
 
Select the 'Start Fundraising' option, seach for 'Norwich Sleep Out 2018', then complete your details to set up your personal fundraising page. 
 
If you would prefer not to use Virgin Money Giving you can download a sponsorship form to raise money offline.
 
*Eventbrite security information can be found here.

What Happens at the Event?

  • We ask participants to arrive at the venue between 7pm and 8pm (please note there is no parking available at the Carrow Rd venue).
  • We will be sleeping in the outside, uncovered area behind the South Stand.
  • During the evening, we will show a short video and give a talk about our support for young people who would otherwise be homeless.  
  • This is an outdoor event but there will be access to indoor toilets. 
  • Some hot food will be provided free of charge during the evening.
  • Hot drinks will be available to make yourself throughout the night. 
  • From 11pm we ask participants to keep noise to a minimum to respect others taking part and neighbours who may be asleep.
  • We will provide a small hot breakfast free of charge from 6am to 7am when the event ends.
 
What You Should Bring
 
  • A sleeping bag.
  • Lots of layers of warm and waterproof clothing, including a hat and gloves.
  • Cardboard to put underneath your sleeping bag – it helps keep out the cold and is a little softer than the tarmac car park.
  • Your own snacks and drinks if you wish.
  • Please do not bring alcohol

Click here to sign up for Norwich Sleep Out.

 

How does money raised at Sleep Out help?

Watch Jess' story to find out more about the impact of our support.

 
We've already allocated £18,000 from last year's Sleep Out to help the young adults living with us. Each of the young people can access these funds in the way that best helps them, for instance it could fund a training course, or basic household items if they are ready to move into their own place. 
 
Support such as this provides young people with the building blocks they need for independence and helps to keep them off the streets.
 

What is Sleep Out Really Like?

Jodie and Gary took part in our 2017 Norwich Sleep Out. In these videos, they describe their experience: