Be a part of it. Register for Norwich Sleep Out 2020.

Coronavirus Update:

At the time of writing Sleep Out is still planned to go ahead in November 2020. However, in the case that Sleep Out is not permitted or advised to not take place, participants will be invited to take part in a virtual Sleep Out. Please commit to helping us in 2020 by booking your place today. 

 

We want to end youth homelessness and we’re tackling the problem locally by providing a home and support to over 100 vulnerable young adults each night. In 2019, we provided over 40,000 safe nights accommodation.

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 Norwich Sleep Out on Thursday 19th November 2020 will help make this happen. Whether you wish to take part as an individual or in a group with friends or colleagues, 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.

Sleep Out 2019 was a record breaker for our charity with over 250 people taking part, raising over £100,000. Read on to learn how you can help us to make Sleep Out 2020 even bigger!

Why a sleep out?

We’re 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 103,000 homeless young people in the UK (source: eyh.org.uk) and money raised helps prevent more young people ending up on the streets. Your fundraising at Norwich Sleep Out will support local people.

How do I take part?

Book your place

We are using Eventbrite* for you to book your place at Norwich Sleep Out.

The registration cost is £25.00 per person, plus a small Eventbrite fee. This reserves your place at your chosen event and helps us cover our costs.

*Eventbrite security information can be found here.

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 can offer full time students a discounted registration cost of £10. Please contact us directly on 01603 886932 to register at the student rate.

Note: These events are only open to people aged 18 years and above.

Raise funds

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. If you’re taking part as a group, you can either set up individual fundraising pages, or a group one.

Click below to set up your fundraising page:

Create a fundraising page using Virgin Money Giving

If you would prefer not to use Virgin Money Giving you can download a sponsorship form to raise money offline. Don’t worry if you don’t reach your fundraising target – you can still take part – and there’s plenty of opportunities to increase your total during and after the event too!

Watch this short video to understand why Sleep Out is important and how money raised from the event helps local young people.

Sleep Out Essentials – What you need to bring:

  • A sleeping bag.
  • Lots of layers of warm and waterproof clothing, including gloves. We will provide you with a beanie hat but you may wish to bring your own.
  • Cardboard to put underneath your sleeping bag – it helps keep out the cold and is a little softer than the tarmac car park.
  • Some hot food (including a vegan option) will be provided during the evening but you may also wish to bring your own snacks and drinks if you wish. In the morning, there will be bacon rolls and dairy free porridge, and hot drinks will be available throughout the event.
  • Please do not bring alcohol.

We have a Facebook event page too – feel free to join this forum to ask questions and connect with others taking part.

I really enjoyed opening up my presents. Thank you so much.

A young person we look after in one of our accommodation centres

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