The York Road Project Sleep Out 2016

The York Road Project Sleep Out 2016

Posted on: 2 September 2016 in

For the first time ever, York Road Project held a Sleep Out on 26th August 2016 and raised more than £6500. 42 brave individuals took part and they included members of the public, YRP volunteers and partnership agencies. Crawling into sleeping bags outside the train station, the team and supporters began their sleep-out at 8pm with just cardboard to lie on. The aim of the event was to raise awareness of just how difficult life on the streets can be. The team spent the evening talking to passers by about the services we offer and handing out leaflets and the YRP Newspaper.

After much hard work, the stall was set up, those taking part were briefed and the night began, shortly followed by talks from three past and present YRP clients. They spoke about their journey through the homelessness maze, their involvement with YRP and their future prospects.  The 'Rough Sleepers' listened intently as true stories of street-living were made public. One night in a sleeping bag raises awareness, but spending many nights in a sleeping bag with little hope certainly puts things into perspective when you hear it first hand. That's where we come in, with our housing advice sessions, daily workshops, our night shelter and outreach team, with a dedicated  worker for the the move-on properties. 

At 11pm, the fundraisers then began to bed down for the night in their sleeping bags for the rough sleeper experience.  It was an incredible event and  an amazing success - one we will be repeating again next year and no doubt it will be just as enlightening.

Special thanks to McDonalds and Christ Church for the use of their toilets and to Cafe Rouge for providing hot water.