Could you spend one night outside so a young person doesn't have to?

We are delighted to announce the return of our much-loved fundraising event, Sleep Out following its cancellation in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.

2021 sees the return of organised ‘Sleep Out’ events in both Norwich and Ipswich hosted by The Benjamin Foundation and held at Norwich City and Ipswich Town Football Clubs. Sleep Out challenges people to spend one night sleeping outside so young people don’t have to, and has raised over £240,000 to support the charity’s work since its first Sleep Out event in 2015.

With an estimated 121,000 young people facing homelessness in the UK last year (source: Centrepoint), we aim to help more local vulnerable young people into successful, independent living by providing a safe home and support to learn essential life skills, such as cooking and budgeting, as well as supporting their education and career aspirations while building their resilience and self-esteem. This vital work gives young people stability, new opportunities and prevents the street homelessness problem from growing.

Courtney is age 19 and is a young person living at one of The Benjamin Foundation’s accommodation centres. Having lived there for two years, she is now thriving with the charity’s support and has ambitions to live independently and work in childcare.

“I was very much a timid girl, very shy. Being able to bloom here is great.” Courtney explains.

“My life would be completely different if I hadn’t come here [The Benjamin Foundation] and got the support in this environment. They have really helped me to be who I am today and helped me to get where I am. The support they have given me has been amazing.”

With the fallout of Covid pandemic having a particular impact on young people, both financially and emotionally, The Benjamin Foundation is passionate about being able to give more local young people like Courtney the right help at the right time.

“Money raised at Sleep Out enables us to do even more to help young people when they need us the most, supporting them to create the building blocks to successful, independent living. We are proud of the impact this has on local young lives.” Sleep Out Event Manager, Jessica Glover explains.

Although the events couldn’t take place in 2020 due to the pandemic, over 250 people took part in Sleep Out 2019, raising a total of £100,000 for The Benjamin Foundation in 2019 – a record-breaking amount for the charity.

The Benjamin Foundation is proud to be the eastern region partner of the End Youth Homelessness (EYH) partnership. Each of the EYH member charities around the UK organise Sleep Out events every November to help support young people to lead successful, independent lives.

Jessica continues: “We are thrilled to bring our Sleep Out events back for 2021 in a Covid-safe way and we are grateful for the support of our exciting host venues Norwich City and Ipswich Town Football Clubs. We are now calling on local people and businesses to get behind Sleep Out 2021 to make this our most successful year ever in order to help more local young people to finally feel hopeful of a better future.”

Could you spend one night outside so a young person doesn’t have to? Book your place today to make Sleep Out 2021 the best yet:

Ipswich Sleep Out: Thursday 4th November – Ipswich Town Football Club: https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/event/ipswich-sleep-out-2021/

Norwich Sleep Out: Thursday 11th November – Norwich City Football Club: https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/event/norwich-sleep-out-2021/

For more information about Ipswich or Norwich Sleep Out, or the ‘Do your own Sleep Out’ option please contact us on 01603 615670 or email events@benjaminfoundation.co.uk

Quote Marks Left The Benjamin Foundation has given me a sense of confidence and comfort. I feel a sense of normality when I speak to the staff but also in the independence I am given; they are always there for me and my needs. I have learnt to not be so stressed, anxious and depressed about certain situations, I have learnt a lot about money and budgeting. I now feel so much more confident about myself and the fact that I can now move forward in life.

Jayden, 22

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