Friday 8 March 2024
Sleep out or swap it for Sleep Easy 2024
YMCA Sleep Easy is back for its 12th year in 2024 and we need your help to support young people facing homelessness. Join us and spend one night sleeping out or sleeping somewhere other than your bed.
One night can make a lifetime of difference. #YMCASleepEasy
19:00 on Friday 8 March through to 07:00 on Saturday 9 March
Redhill or Horley venues
Join us and sleep out with our group at the YMCA Sports & Community Centre in Redhill or the YMCA Young People and Family Centre in Horley. We’ll provide you with cardboard to build your shelter for the night, as well as soup, sandwiches, drinks and snacks to keep you going through the night. You’ll get to experience sleeping outside and facing the elements for one night but with a fantastic group of like-minded people.
While this doesn’t aim to replicate the reality of homelessness, a night spent out in the cold helps us to imagine what it is like to not have a safe and warm place to call home.
Adult (18+) | £10
16-18-year-olds | £5
Swap your bed for your sofa or bedroom floor
Every night, thousands of “hidden homeless” young people are forced to sleep on sofas, floors, public transport or with strangers. Without secure affordable housing, these young people face the frightening reality of having nowhere to call home.
Give up your bed for one night and swap it for your sofa or floor to support young people who do not have a secure place to sleep. This virtual option is perfect for community groups and/or schools.
Help us raise vital funds to support young people facing homelessness. The COVID-19 pandemic has sadly added to the challenges of those without secure housing, and statistics show that homelessness cases are on the increase.
Many young people are experiencing issues such as domestic abuse, leaving care, family breakdown or mental health issues. As a result, they become homeless because it’s safer to leave home than stay, or they simply have nowhere to go. We are also seeing an increase in Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children who come to us with nothing.
At YMCA Hillbrook House and our move-on properties, we provide young people with a home. Any amount you can fundraise will go towards our Employment Support Fund, which provides financial support to our young residents to gain access to employment, education or training.
If you can’t participate, you can still support our Sleep Easy fundraisers by making a donation.
Sponsor a Box
Does your company want to help local young people to get a new start? Sponsor a box at Sleep Easy!
£100 per box
- A3 print out with your company’s details and logo on a box at Sleep Easy
- Social media mention and thanks before, during and after the event
- Photo of all sponsored boxes and thanks in our eNewsletter
The box will be used by one of our Sleep Easy participants on the night, so there’s no need to attend (although you are very welcome to)! All money donated will go towards supporting our young residents into education, employment and/or training.