Sleep outside with us for one night to make a lifetime’s difference for vulnerable young people.

By raising sponsorship and taking part in Street Sleep, you will help make a lifetime’s difference to young people who don’t have the same opportunities in life that most of us take for granted, such as a safe place to live, good health, or support from a loving family.

When: Friday 15th March 2019

Where: Southampton Guildhall Sqaure

Time: Arrival from 6pm

YMCA Sleep Easy

Held in the busy centre of Southampton outside the iconic Guildhall square, YMCA participants will sleep rough right in the middle of bars, restaurants and thriving town to raise awareness for vulnerable young people.

The evening is set out to be wonderful fundraising event, great atmosphere and most importantly to raise awareness of the difference you can make for vulnerable young people.


There will be a variety of activities to see you through the night including the cardboard box challenge kindly donated by White & Company and John Lewis, along with a few other surprises!

Food and beverages will be provided and a chance to bed down and snooze for the evening allowing time to reflect on how your achievement has made a difference.

Come on your own or as a team, we want to see you down at the Guildhall – you can make a lifetime’s difference for vulnerable young people like Mark.

I was 23 when I first became homeless. For about a year I didn’t know where I was going to sleep, what I was going to eat, if I was going to be jumped for my clothes. I applied to the YMCA, and was on a waiting programme for a while, but once I got a room I was able to secure myself, keep myself warm, and have the support I needed. My mental health has been up and down but the YMCA has helped a lot with the support, helping me budget my money, pushing me to achieve goals that I didn’t think I would ever get to. I’m hoping that now I’ve acquired a new job that in a few months I can get my own place, start settling down, have my son more often, and actually spend some quality time with him, which I haven’t been able to do. Hopefully with the support from the staff I can achieve that and move forward and be able to give him things that I didn’t have being homeless.

Mark - YMCA Resident

If you are interested in taking part or volunteering for Street Sleep please sign up here or email Corin Ball at [email protected] to find out more.