So a homeless person doesn’t have to!
The aim of our St Albans Sleepout 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.
This year we are running the St Albans Sleepout at Oaklands College where we invite you to create a bed out of cardboard and sleep for the night with friends, family or colleagues. The night will be filled with music, entertainment, workshops and a chance to see what life for some of our service users is like. This will be the most memorable thing you do this winter!
If you would like to take part in our Sleepout but would prefer to take part at home then we invite you to take part in our Sleepout at Home. 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. We will also be hosting a live virtual zoom event as part of the evening with music and entertainment.
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.
With your help, we can make the Sleepout on Friday 19th November 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 in Bricket Road, which provides accommodation for up to 12 people and drop-in services offering advice on things like housing and health care. It also funds the Safe Streets Outreach Service worker, who supports those on the streets; and runs the volunteer-led Winter Beds Project, which last year accommodated 17 individuals who would otherwise have slept rough. During Covid-19 we have worked with the Council and local partners to ensure all guests in need were accommodated in temporary housing, and has provided meals and food parcels to support them through this time and sustain them in their housing.
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.
...to help you along the way
Please read these documents and don’t forget to bring them with you.
Sponsorship form – start fundraising now!
Registration form - Individuals
Registration form - Youth Groups
Can you help us publicise the event?
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In the interests of us running a safe Sleepout for all participants:
The event organisers will fully comply with public health England requirements (at the current time there are no specific legal requirements but organisers will adopt controls accordingly).
Participants will be informed in writing of any new measures before the event if requirements change.
Do not participate if you are ill/have Covid symptoms (persistent dry cough/headache/loss of smell and or taste)
No participants showing signs of COVID will be able to attend the Sleepout.
All participants must come prepared to present a negative rapid lateral flow test result at the point of registration. This must be via the official government website https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result and must be taken 24 hours prior to the event.
Please use the hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial hand soaps widely available at the Sleepout.
Please practice social distancing when inside.
Doors and windows will be open in inside spaces.