End Youth Homelessness Sleep out

Could you face sleeping outside for one night in November so other young people don’t have to?

We invite you, your friends and colleagues to join us and help end youth homelessness on Thursday 15 November 2018 at S13 Boucher Road, Belfast

We will host the first ever Sleep Out in Belfast as part of End Youth Homelessness, a movement which brings together local charities to tackle the UK-wide issue of youth homelessness on a national scale.

We want to end youth homelessness and MACS are tackling the problem locally by providing a home and support to over 44 vulnerable young adults each night. We give the young people stability and support their education, training and careers and ensure they have life skills such as shopping, cooking and being able to budget their money so they can leave MACS housing and support services to forge an independent life. With the right opportunities and support, homeless young people can turn their lives around and build successful futures.

Your support at Sleep Out will help make this happen. Whether you wish to take part as an individual or form a group, you can help vulnerable young adults avoid sleeping on the streets or experiencing other hidden forms of homelessness such as sofa surfing by fundraising and possibly recruiting friends to join you in this challenge.

We recognise that Sleep Out is not the same as the real hardship faced by young people sleeping rough but it does give those participating the opportunity to see for themselves what it might feel like to be homeless.

The event is also a great way to build awareness of the issue of homelessness in our region, whilst raising much-needed funds, which are used to deliver the work we do to tackle youth homelessness in Belfast and Northern Ireland.

In today’s climate of funding cuts and political uncertainty, fundraising has become more important than ever if we are to continue the work we do in this region.

We ask each participant to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship, in addition to the registration fee. The easiest way to do this is via Virgin Money Giving, where our charity is registered.

How to register

Please register on our Eventbrite page. Once you have filled in the required fields and paid £20 you are registered for the Sleep Out. You will receive further instructions on the event via email after registration is complete.

The easiest way to fundraise is by setting up a Virgin Money Giving page, where our charity is registered. Details of how to set up a fundraising page will be emailed to you after registration. If you would prefer to receive a printed sponsorship form please email events@macsni.org

FAQs

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Access to S13 is via either the Boucher Rd or Balmoral Avenue entrances. Parking is Free of charge.

Who can take part?
This is an over 18 year old event. You can take part as an individual or part of a group. If you have any medical conditions that may affect your ability to take part in this challenging event, please consult with your GP .

What can I bring into the event?
A sleeping bag and cardboard or a roll out mat to lie on. Extra cardboard will be provided. Please dress warm. We advise you double up on socks and gloves. November is c-c-c-c-old! No glass bottles or alcohol as hot drinks and mulled wine will be provided on a token system. Light snacks and breakfast will be provided and is covered by your registration fee. Our advice is to have a proper meal before arrival. Entertainment will be provided from 7pm to 11pm when we sleep (or try to sleep).

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact Roz with all event queries events@macsni.org and Carla with media enquiries carlarollock@macsni.org

Will the event go ahead in the case of bad weather?
As this is an outdoor event we will proceed in most cases of bad weather, unless it is unsafe for participants to do so. Participants are, however, free to leave at any time that they wish once they have signed out of the venue

Date:
Thursday, 15 November 2018
Time:
7am - 7pm
Venue:
S13
Address:
43/45 Boucher Road, Belfast
City
Belfast
Postcode
BT12 6HH
Tickets/RSVP:
£20 to register plus a minimum of £100 in sponsorship
Registration:
Please register on Eventbrite