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Sleep Easy 2019 - Cambridge

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St Catharine's College

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CB2 1RL

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Sleep Easy is a national YMCA fundraising initiative. The aim is simple: spend a night challenging yourself to sleep rough, raising money to help change the lives of vulnerable young people. All the money you raise goes directly to support our accommodation services in Cambridge. In 2018 our Cambridge event had 35 people sleep out for one night and raised over £13,000 towards supporting our homeless prevention programmes. The money you raise this year will go towards providing specialist homeless prevention support for young people in Cambridge.

What is homelessness?

Homelessness is defined by the Government as ‘having no permanent home to go to’. The reality is you don’t have to be on the streets to be considered homeless; many homeless young people ‘sofa surf’ relying on the goodwill of others for a bed for the night and in some cases many years. 27% of young people became homeless due to relatives or friends no longer being able or willing to provide accommodation

Imagine how you would cope if you became homeless through no fault of your own. Maybe you were fleeing an arranged marriage? Or escaping from physical, mental or sexual abuse? Or your parents have found a new partner who simply doesn’t want you around? Where would you go? How isolated would you feel?

Homeless people’s lives can get out of control very quickly; they can find themselves moving from place to place sometimes daily, often sharing their living space with strangers. With limited access to support and financial help serious issues can often occur, but it doesn’t have to be like this.

What will Sleep Easy 2019 - Cambridge involve?

Starting at 7pm at St Catharines Sports Ground, the night will involve activities that best replicate what it’s like to actually sleep on the streets. You will be provided with hot refreshments, entertainment and materials to make a shelter. However the reality is that many young people do not have the luxury of running water and toilet facilities as we will do.

Sleeping outside you will experience what it’s like to get minimal sleep as you feel vulnerable to the elements and other people around.

You quickly realise how cold it gets, even though you are able to bring your own sleeping equipment. At sunrise we will wake you up with a hot drink and breakfast before you return back to normal life after just one night on the streets. Sadly for thousands of young people the reality is very different.

Are you ready to sleep out so others dont have to?

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