Sleep Out

Sleep Out is back! On Friday 8 October, will you ditch your duvet and swap comfort for concrete? Most women we work with experience homelessness as well as trauma and abuse. Sleep out in the open for one night so no woman has to.

All you need to know

When: 10pm Friday 8 October until 7am Saturday 9 October 2021.

Where: St Stephen’s Church – 21 St Stephen’s Street, Bristol BS1 1EQ

Who: Anyone aged 18 or above, or 14 or over if attending with a parent/guardian or adult with the parent/guardian’s written consent.

We’re so excited to be able to bring this incredibly popular sponsored challenge back as an ‘in-person’ event, after last year’s ‘at home’ pandemic version. There’s now no minimum fundraising target, so you can take part and raise what you can with no pressure. To give you an idea, previous Sleep Out’ers have raised between £200 and £2,000! Sign up now to secure your spot.

If we’ve run out of spaces or you’d rather not attend the ‘in-person’ event, you can opt to take part from your garden or a weird and wonky place around your home. Just select the ‘virtual’ option when registering, to let us know.

Sleep Out is coordinated by Bristol Homeless Forum (BHF) which means Team One25 will be joining a number of other key homelessness organisations in the city for this special night of awareness and fundraising. As part of Team One25 you will be guided through your fundraising leading up to the challenge, helping you to make the maximum impact for the women you’re doing this for. You’ll also have a One25 rep with you on the night, building team spirit and ensuring you feel part of Team One25.

"I loved the feeling that we were doing something really worthwhile. It was brilliant and I feel elated to have been a part of it."

- 2019 Sleepouter

Fundraising Top Tips

Feel uncomfortable asking for donations? Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of ideas to help you out. With our top tips, raising money will be much easier (and more enjoyable) than you ever imagined! Make the most of your Sleep Out challenge by following our top tips to fundraising success top tips.

Why take part?

Homelessness is not always visible. Especially for women who you may never see sleeping on the streets and who you are unlikely to find in night shelters. Their homelessness is restless. Always on the move. Always watching their back. Always struggling to survive. By taking part in Sleep Out, you can give up one night to help them have a lifetime of safe nights ahead. Help these women leave the dark streets behind.

Will the event be COVID secure?

Covid-19 remains in general circulation and although many government restrictions have been lifted and there is a high rate of vaccination in Bristol a general risk of infection remains. We have taken some additional measures to the event this year in order to make it as safe as possible for those attending. These include:
• Restricting participant numbers to 50 and ensuring sensible distancing outdoors
• Requiring mask wearing inside any buildings and managing numbers inside the building at any time to ensure social distancing
• Having hand sanitiser available at the building entrance
• Requiring all participating organisations to issue clear guidance to participants (which we will send you upon sign up).

Will there be refreshments available?

There will be light refreshments available on the night, such as tea, coffee, soup and snacks. Please bring any additional supplies of snacks and drinks as you may require. Please note, this is a strictly no alcohol event.

Do you have any tips for staying warm through the night?

It is vital you come well prepared for a cold night and wear appropriate clothing (layers add warmth) and bring adequate blankets. If you can, bring cardboard to sleep on and hot water bottles to cuddle! We will provide hot drinks and soups to help warm you up. If you are really struggling, there will be emergency shelter available inside.

Will there be first aid available?

St John Ambulance or other qualified first aiders will be in attendance with a dedicated First Aid station within the church building.

Are we safe from the general public?

We will provide an adequate number of stewards for the event ensuring you are kept safe. This is a city centre location with a high likelihood of anti-social behaviour from pedestrians in an adjacent alleyway, however access to the site by the general public is easily managed. Organisers and stewards can be identified by high visibility jackets.

Where can I park?

There is no parking at the church and on-street parking in its locality is suspended. The nearest car parks are Trenchard Street and Bristol’s College Green car park (both costing £5 overnight).

What happens if the weather's bad?

We anticipate the weather to be cold and perhaps rainy – this is October in England after all (come prepared)! However, in extreme adverse weather conditions your safety will be carefully risk assessed and cancellation may be deemed unavoidable. In the rare event of a cancellation, you will be advised to complete the challenge from your garden or home where/when possible.

What can I bring?
  • Sleeping bag and blanket(s)
  • Torch
  • Warm and comfortable clothing (bring plenty of layers)
  • Thermal socks
  • Scarf, hat and gloves
  • Cardboard (to keep a layer between you and the ground)
  • Large plastic bag/plastic sheet/tarpaulin
  • Hot water bottle and hand warmers
  • Bottle of water/thermos
  • Snacks
  • Book or headphones (just in case you can’t sleep!)
  • Umbrella
  • Ear plugs
What can't I bring?
  • Tents
  • Naked flames / fires
  • No smoking within the grounds
  • Alcohol
  • Radios (or anything that will disturb the peace)
Can I take part from home?

Yes! If you can’t or would rather not join the ‘in-person’ event at St Stephen’s Church, you can take part from your garden or a challenging spot around your home. Think bath tub, the under-stairs cupboard, the front-door mat!? If people will sponsor you to sleep there, go for it. There is no minimum fundraising amount for those of you choosing to take part from home, although we encourage you to raise as much as you can to make your challenge count.

Is there a minimum sponsorship amount?

There is now no minimum fundraising target, but of course we ask you to give it your best efforts for the women who will benefit from every penny you raise. Don’t worry – we will help you all the way, with our top tips to get you started and our veteran Community Fundraiser (Lu) on hand to cheer you on. Give it your best shot and every penny you manage to pull in will go towards making a big difference in women’s lives.

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