When: Friday, 20th November 2020

Your homes

What Time: 7pm – 7am
What Age: This event is accessible for all ages



Why sleepout? Choose a charity Some important downloads Useful stuff to know


Why sleepout?

So a homeless person doesn’t have to!

The aim of our Sleepout at home is to raise awareness of homelessness in Hertfordshire.

Five local charities, Centre 33, Emmaus, Herts Young Homeless (hyh), Open Door and The Living Room will benefit from the sponsorship you raise.

Sleepout at Home has been created to replace our annual St Albans Sleepout that was supposed to take part at Oaklands College this year. Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances, we have had to change the event into a virtual one instead. With cancellation of fundraising events throughout the year, we really need you now more than ever! We hope to welcome as many people as possible to our online event and raise much needed funds.

All you need to do is pitch a tent in the garden, make a bed out of cardboard or take to the sofa for the evening. It is completely up to you how you want to sleepout and you can be as creative as you like. Just have your friends and family sponsor you for your challenge and you could help so many homeless people. Started by the Abbey and the Diocese in the 1990s, the sleepout has raised hundreds of thousands for the homeless charities taking part and we hope to continue that this year.

We will also be hosting a live virtual zoom event as part of the evening with music and entertainment. With your help, we can make Sleepout at Home on November 20th a huge success and make a real difference to vulnerable people across Hertfordshire this winter.

So will you brave a night in the cold?....

Now you know a little more about why you’ve chosen to sleep out, it’s time to choose which charity you would like to support.

St Albans Sleepout

Choose a charity


Time to choose which charity to support and change a homeless person’s life.

Click on your chosen charity to register your interest


Centre 33






Open Door

Living Room


Centre 33

Centre 33 is a charity and volunteer run drop-in centre which provides practical support for people in the St Albans area who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or otherwise socially or materially disadvantaged. Centre 33 provides a welcoming place to meet, hot food and drinks, toiletries, shower facilities and essential clothing as well as advice on other services visitors may be able to access for further help.

Centre 33 offers a unique service in St Albans and is run entirely by some 150 volunteers. In 2016, the Centre opened on almost 500 occasions and served 6,698 meals to an average of 14 visitors per session. The Centre is a recipient of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award given to volunteer groups in the UK. 2017 marks the 40th year since the Centre’s creation.

Click here to register your interest with Centre 33


Emmaus Hertfordshire is a charity and social enterprise for 35 formerly homeless people (known as ‘companions’) who live in our community building in St Albans. We collect, refurbish, sell and deliver more than 35 tonnes of donated furniture every month in our six shops. The Emmaus ethos is based on the principle that people regain their self-esteem through work and support. Companions receive accommodation, full board, structured support and training and an allowance for personal use. Companions can stay as long as they need and are supported through to independent living.

Independent research using the Social Return on Investment methodology found that for every £1 invested in an Emmaus community there is an £11 social, economic and environmental return on investment.

Click here to register your interest with Emmaus

Herts Young Homeless

Last year, Herts Young Homeless (hyh) worked with over 2,000 vulnerable people who were homeless or at risk of becoming so, providing vital support and helping them get their lives back on track.

hyh is a unique charity in Hertfordshire providing services to support vulnerable people who are homeless or at risk of becoming so. Their focus is on preventing homelessness – from education in schools and family mediation through to providing emergency accommodation for a young person in a volunteer’s home or supporting adults who have mental health needs and housing issues.

Click here to register your interest with hyh

Open Door

The Open Door charity works to support homeless people and others who are vulnerable or at risk of homelessness. Our vision is to ensure that no-one should need to sleep rough in the St Albans area and to improve the life chances of homeless people in our community.

The charity established the night shelter and daytime drop-in centre in Bricket Road. This centre provides accommodation for up to 12 people and drop-in services offering advice on things like housing and health care. The charity also funds the Safe Streets Outreach Service which has operated from Open Door since 2011, with the aim of helping rough sleepers to lead a more settled way of life.

email sarah@opendoor-stalbans.org to register your interest with Open Door

The Living Room

The Living Room provides adults and their families, living in Hertfordshire, with the treatment and support they need to break free from the generational cycle of addiction to substances and/or behaviours. The addictions we support include illicit and non-illicit drugs and alcohol as well as behavioural addictions such as eating disorders, self-harm, obsessive-compulsive behaviours, gambling, love and sex addiction. We offer free, non-time limited, daily treatment. Self-referrals are welcome.

Visit www.livingroomherts.org for further information



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Sponsored Sleepout

Some important downloads...

...to help you along the way


Please read these documents and don’t forget to bring them with you.

Sponsorship form – start fundraising now!

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If there’s anything you’re unsure of then maybe it’s in our ‘useful stuff to know’ section.