Could you face sleeping out for one night in November so a young person doesn’t have to? Challenge yourself and help us to put youth homelessness to bed.
We challenge you to give up your bed and sleep out in recognition, not replication, of youth homelessness this winter.
MACS is a member charity of Every Youth, a UK-wide network of charities tackling youth homelessness in their local communities who work together to drive change on a national scale.
We invite you, your friends and colleagues to join us for a group event at Banana Block in Belfast. Sleep Out is a fun evening, with entertainment, snacks and hot drinks until 11pm. Afterwards, you’ll begin the challenge of sleeping out.
Children over the age of 10 are welcome to take part if accompanied by a responsible adult on a maximum 2 children to 1 adult ratio.
And, if you can’t come along to Banana Block on the 23rd, we are inviting you to hold your own Sleep Out any date throughout November. Just sign up via the free registration option on Eventbrite. We’ll contact you with help and resources to arrange a Sleep Out in your own space.
Every single person taking part and raising money will make a difference to the lives of young people throughout Northern Ireland.
Sleep Out is not intended to replicate the experience of being homeless. It would be impossible to recreate the fear, loneliness and discomfort of not having a safe place to call home. Sleep Out does, however, provide a small glimpse into this reality. Spending a night away from your bed will likely leave you feeling uncomfortable and tired. You realise how hard it is to go to work and manage your life even when, ultimately, you know you’re safe; which is not always the case for homeless young people.
With the right opportunities and support, young people can turn their lives around and build positive futures. Thank you for making a difference to young lives!
In today’s climate of funding cuts, rising costs of living and political uncertainty, fundraising has become more important than ever if we are to continue the work MACS NI do in this region.