Sleep Out so a young person has a safe place to call home

Suffolk Sleep Out 2023 – Friday 13th October: Ipswich Town Football Club, Portman Rd, Ipswich IP1 2DA

Sleep Out is our flagship, mass-participation fundraising event, which challenges you to help end youth homelessness by spending one night sleeping outside. The money you raise helps young people across Norfolk and Suffolk, who may not have had the best start in life, into safe homes and provides the opportunity for successful futures.

We want to end youth homelessness and we’re tackling the problem locally by providing a home and support to almost 250 young people each night. Each year we provide over 70,000 safe nights accommodation.

The Benjamin Foundation’s Sleep Out has raised over £300,000 to support young people in Norfolk and Suffolk since 2015.

Your Sleep Out fundraising in 2023 could help more young people in Norfolk and Suffolk to take their next steps to independence. Whether you’re part of a business looking for a unique Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) opportunity, a group of friends, or an individual hoping to make a big impact in your local community, you can join dozens of other like-minded businesses and individuals in this amazing challenge. Book your place at Sleep Out 2023 today!

Registration

Registration is £25pp plus a small Eventbrite fee. Early bird and student discounts are available. Our organised events are for those aged 18+ but if you’re under 18 please contact us about other ways you can get involved.

Book for Suffolk Sleep Out here

EveryYouth

We are proud to be the eastern region partner of the EveryYouth (EY) partnership. Each Autumn, EY member charities around the UK organise Sleep Out events. Money raised helps to prevent more young people ending up on the streets. Your fundraising at Norwich Sleep Out can 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. Booking is essential.

The registration cost is £25.00 per person, plus a small Eventbrite fee. This reserves your place and helps us cover our costs enabling your fundraising to go to where it is needed most.

*Eventbrite security information can be found here.

If you’d rather pay by cheque, bank transfer or cash to our Head Office please contact our events team on 01603 615670 or email [email protected]

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

Note: This event is only open to people aged 18 years and above but those under 18 may be interested in ‘Do your own Sleep Out.’

Fundraising

Fundraising is an important element of your Sleep Out challenge. We provide a safe home and support almost 250 young people in Norfolk and Suffolk each night, so we’re asking you to set a fundraising target of £200 for your Sleep Out challenge.

We know that many people raise a lot more by gaining sponsorship from friends, family and colleagues. But don’t worry if you don’t reach £200 – whatever you raise will make a difference. We are here to help you every step of the way with inspiration, hints and tips, and support.

We use JustGiving – a trusted and well-known fundraising website – for Sleep Out fundraising. This means your friends and family can sponsor you quickly and easily online. JustGiving can even collect Gift Aid, which means we could receive an additional 25% at no extra cost to you or those who sponsor you.

Please register for Norfolk Sleep Out before setting up your online fundraising page.

Set up your JustGiving fundraising page
Youth Support

What happens and what do I bring on the night?

We will be in regular contact via email before Sleep Out to make sure you are fully informed about the night and what to bring and expect but you can prepare by ensuring you have the following:

  • Plenty of warm, waterproof clothing, including a hat, scarf and gloves
  • A sleeping bag (and something to keep it dry in the event of rain)
  • Cardboard to sleep on
  • We do provide some snacks but you may wish to bring some of your own

Please do not bring any alcohol to Sleep Out. Sleep Out is also a non-smoking event.

Dogs (apart from Assistance Dogs) are not permitted at Sleep Out.

You will have access to toilets, shelter and hot drinks throughout the night. We also provide a briefing session where you will be informed of Health and Safety information, and hear more about the work of our charity and the young people you are supporting – to help inspire and motivate you for your Sleep Out challenge.

Any questions? Contact us on 01603 615670 or email [email protected]

Quote Marks Left It's a way for them to feel listened to when in other settings they may not be, through no fault of their own. We empower our young people and as a result we create stronger individuals.

The Benjamin Foundation Youth Support Worker

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