More than one Sleepout this year!
There is more than one Sleepout taking place in 2017, but not at St Albans Abbey. With facilities for such an event unavailable at St Albans Abbey for the next couple of winters, many of St Albans Sleepout’s partner charities are doing their own thing. Also, The Church Urban Fund is holding it’s Advent Sleepout to support churches opening as winter night shelters. See the foot of the page for more.
In the St Albans area, a coalition of local charities – Centre 33, Emmaus, Herts Young Homeless, Open Door are holding St Albans Sleepout on 1st December,See www.stalbanssleepout.org.uk
In Hemel Hempstead, DENS, Dacorum Emergency Night Shelter is also holding a Sleepout on 1st December details here: www.dens.org.uk/files/pdfs/Sleep%20out%20poster.pdf
In Watford, New Hope is holding The Big Imagine Sleepout on 18th November at Fullerians Rugby Club. It’s not too late to sign up or sponsor those who are, details here: https://www.imaginesleepout.com
If you need any encouragement to take part, Matthew Heasman, CEO at New Hope, says: ‘Waking up cold after a night of little sleep made me more determined than ever to play a part in ending rough sleeping. No human being should have to do this.’
Brian Peyton, Abbey Sleep out Coordinator, reports last year`s Sleep out was another record breaker. Brian says “I am delighted that a new record of over £62,000 was raised last December by 335 people taking part in our sponsored event in support of eleven homeless charities in the St Albans Diocese. This brings the total raised since the event began in 1993 to over £680,000”.
Brian feels this is the time for him to stand down having led a total of eighteen events since 1998 and would be glad to hear from anyone who might like to take on the leadership of future such events. Brian may be contacted on 01582 761723.
Homelessness on the rise
The number of rough sleepers in the UK in 2016 was over 4000, according to Government figures.
This is only one index of homelessness and research by Crisis describes several categories of homelessness: living or staying in hostels, rough sleeping, sofa surfing, unsuitable temporary accommodation and other forms of homelessness. In the next 14 years, analysis done for Crisis, the homelessness charity, suggests that almost all of these indexes will rise significantly. The number of homeless people in Britain will go up from 236,000 in 2016 to 575,000. The number of people sleeping rough will more than quadruple from 9,100 in 2016 to 40,100 over the same period, it is forecast.
The biggest rise will be for those placed by a council in unsuitable accommodation, such as bed and breakfasts, with the total predicted rise from 19,300 to 117,500.
CUF’S Advent Sleepout Challenge
Sleep out with your friends and fellow church goers and receive sponsorship, either through our online fundraising pages or through offline sponsorship forms. That money then goes to the work of Church Urban Fund’s Together programme and its work to support people who are homeless in England.
Get together with friends or a church youth group and set up a sleepout together. Take a look at CUF’s online checklist and register your event at: https://www.sleepoutchallenge.org.uk/register/
They’ve also got stacks of great ideas for how you can make your Sleepout Challenge a lot of fun, from games to fancy dress.
Take a look at their resources page to find out more: www.sleepoutchallenge.org.uk/resources/ or get in touch through firstname.lastname@example.org