Sleep Easy 2023
Join YMCA Norfolk on Friday 10 March
Registration fee: £15 for adults, £7 for under 18s.
Includes supper, snacks, refreshments, cooked breakfast & hot drinks.
Where is Sleep Easy Norfolk 2023 taking place?
This year we’re inviting participants to join us at our Community Hub at 61a Aylsham Road, Norwich, NR3 2HF. To make the night as authentic as possible we will use our outdoor car park area and cafe decking space, where participants can set up their sleeping ‘camps’ for the night.
By spending a night in an unusual place or sleeping outside, you will experience what it’s like for many homeless people who do not have access to a roof over their head. Many of our young people have unfortunately had to go through this and we want to raise as many funds as possible, so make sure to involve family, friends and work colleagues too!
What is Sleep Easy?
Each year YMCA Norfolk joins YMCAs from across England and Wales to take part in a mammoth Sleep Easy fundraising event with the aim of raising vital funds to help tackle the root causes of youth homelessness.
Since its beginnings in 2010, YMCA Sleep Easy has seen over 7,000 people sleep rough across England in order to raise over £1.5 million for local YMCA services that assist young people in rebuilding their lives.
And so, from 7pm on Friday 10 March to 7am on Saturday 11 March, YMCA Norfolk is calling on supporters and fundraisers to join #SleepEasy2023.
Where do the funds go?
Every night YMCA Norfolk provides a safe home and support for over 330 vulnerable young people in Norfolk. Money raised from the event will go towards delivering much needed support for residents and vulnerable young people, including emergency accommodation, counselling, life coaching, employment support and much more.
We are keen to support our young people towards independent living, which means not only providing them with a roof over their head but also the chance to live independently and thrive as part of the community.
Hear from those who previously took part in YMCA Norfolk Sleep Easy
“It has made me reflect on how exhausting it is for those faced with multiple nights on the streets. I am really glad I took part, not only to help raise money for this important cause, but because it has made me consider the harsh reality faced by homeless young people.”
– Jessica Sprouse
“No matter how cold and uncomfortable it was we knew it was only for one night. Knowing the money we raised will mean YMCA Norfolk can continue to offer help to vulnerable young people in the county was really motivating.”
– Judy Bailey
Be part of the wider YMCA movement
You’ll be helping homeless young people in Norfolk like Drew…
Drew was living with family, however there were threats of violence and he said he often felt unsafe. This escalated during the COVID-19 pandemic, as an effect of ongoing lockdowns.
He moved into accommodation with YMCA Norfolk in Autumn 2020 to escape his dangerous living situation. Despite not previously living in supported housing, he said he quickly felt supported by staff and gained a sense of independence.
YMCA staff supported him with life skills such as cooking and gaining confidence in trying new things – something he previously struggled with.
“The staff at YMCA Norfolk have not only supported me, but also improved every single aspect of my life.
“I feel I have not only been protected from a dangerous living situation, but also gained more confidence and independence, as well as accessing much-needed therapy to face my past trauma
Read Andrew’s journey with YMCA Norfolk here.
You can can sign up for the event via our registration form, alongside paying a small registration fee, which includes hot drinks, refreshments and a cooked breakfast. You’ll then be sent a participant pack which includes information on how to fundraise for the event and what to bring with you on the night! If you would like any further information in the meantime, please email our community fundraising officer, Elsie, on firstname.lastname@example.org
How else could I support?
You can help by sharing information and posts about the event from our social media pages – we’re on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. We use #YMCASleepEasy23 to keep everyone in the loop via social media.
You can also sponsor individuals taking part or donate directly to our Sleep Easy appeal. We’d welcome any donations or sponsorship for the event and would publicly recognise this support. Please get in touch with Elsie on the email address above if you would like to discuss sponsorship options.