Sleep out for Shelter

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Interested in hosting or taking part in a sleep out this year to raise money for Shelter?

A sleep out isn’t meant to imitate the experience of people who are homeless on the street. Instead, it's intended to raise money to help end the housing emergency.

This page has ideas and information to help you decide whether a sleep out event is right for you.

If you've decided you'd like to do a sleep out, sign up on JustGiving and we'll send you tips and resources to help you make a success of your fundraiser.

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Who to sleep out with and where to do it

Some ideas are: 

  • With your community group. Lots of community venues are ideal for sleep outs. School halls, sports clubs, church halls and community centres. They are all worth exploring as possible locations.

  • With colleagues. Could your workplace host a sleep out after work? Take over a meeting room or the canteen.  

  • With family and friends. Push the sofas back and sleep in the lounge or pitch a tent in the garden.  

Fundraising

Don’t forget to fundraise on the night as well as getting sponsorship beforehand.

You could ask for a donation to take part in the night or ask people to donate to take part in games or activities.

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Information pack

Make sure you read our essential information pack, which is loaded with more information to help with your sleep out event.

We’re here to help

We’re on hand to help you make a success of your sleep out.

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Get in touch

Got a question or need some support? Contact us on 0344 515 1190 or community@shelter.org.uk.

How your fundraising will help fight the housing emergency

We’re fighting for a future where no one is homeless. A future where everyone has a safe home.

Last year we advised 17,281 households through our emergency helpline.

As well as helping people in housing need, we work in communities to understand the problem and change the system. And we run national campaigns to fight for change at the top.

By taking on this challenge, you’ll be helping defend the right to a safe home. Because home is everything.

Angela and son Cardi sit together in a garden outside a flat block

  • £92 could fund four webchats for people facing homelessness

  • £157 could pay for legal advice to help a family in crisis keep their home

  • £290 could fund ten calls to our emergency helpline