YMCA Northumberland organise an annual sponsored sleep out to raise awareness of homelessness in the Ashington and surrounding area.
The ‘Sleep Easy’ event provides an opportunity for people to come together to raise awareness of homelessness and raise vital funds to support YMCA Northumberland’s preventative work with vulnerable young people. Participants brave the cold, sleep in a cardboard shelter for one night and get sponsored for their efforts.
Across the UK, and locally, homelessness services are experiencing an increase in demand for the support they offer. Rough sleeping is on the rise with there being an increase of 15% from 2016 to 2017, and an increase of 169% from 2010.
These are very difficult times and YMCA Northumberland concerns itself with the decreasing prospects for local young people, especially those that have few qualifications and little or no work experience. These are the young people most likely to be living in poverty and at greatest risk of homelessness.
The Sleep Easy event will take place on Friday 6 March 2020, from 7.00pm till 7.00am, at Ashington Community Football Club on Woodhorn Lane. Over £7,500 has been raised in recent years to support YMCA Northumberland’s work with local young people at risk of becoming homeless.
If you would like more information or would like to take part please follow the link below. YMCA Northumberland are also encouraging local businesses to take part and highlight that the Sleep Easy event is a challenging and eye opening experience but also a great opportunity for team building and CSR targets.
For more information visit www.ymcanorthumberland.org.uk/sleep-easy