Could you spend one night outside so others don't have to?
 
Challenge yourself and help us to end youth homelessness
 
 
 
 
With Birketts as our new Ipswich venue for Sleep Out 2018, we invite you, your friends and colleagues to join us for what we hope will be our biggest Suffolk 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 Ipswich 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 Suffolk. 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 Ipswich Sleep Out. 
 
 
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 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.
 
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. If you're taking part as a group, you can either set up individual fundraising pages, or a group one.  
 
  • Visit Virgin Money Giving and under 'Start Fundraising' select 'Create Your Page'.
  • Complete your details.
  • Virgin Money Giving will ask you how you're raising money. Enter 'Ipswich Sleep Out 2018' and you should be able to select the event from the options provided.
  • You can then complete setting up your personal fundraising page to share with family, friends and colleague to gain sponsorship for your Sleep Out challenge.
 
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 participants are not able to park at the venue. However, there are several car parks nearby.
  • We will be sleeping outside in the car park of Providence House.
  • 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.
More detailed FAQ's are available on Ipswich Sleep Out Eventbrite page.
 
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
 

Our work in Suffolk to prevent youth homelessness

We have accommodation centres in Ipswich and Stowmarket for young people aged 16-25 who are homeless, or at great risk of becoming so. We not only provide them with a stable home, but give them the confidence and skills they need so they can leave us and forge an independent life.

'Heart and Home' also provides an important service to prevent youth homelessness in Suffolk. We have a network of Hosts throughout the county who trained and supported by us to look after a person in the host's own home.

Ipswich Sleep Out 2017

Andrew took part in Ipswich Sleep Out 2017. In this video he describes his experience of the event so far.

 

Watch Anisha and Julie's story to find out more about the impact of our support in Suffolk.

 

 
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.
 

Businesses supporting Ipswich Sleep Out 2018