Bedtime stories from Gruffalo Author, music from young musicians & an event that makes a difference.GET INVOLVED!!
Would you like to take part in a fun event, which will connect you to other people, make a difference to local young people, whilst still maintaining social distancing? Then YMCA DownsLink Group’s Sleep Easy is for you, your family and/or bubble! In fact you can literally take part anywhere. To raise the issues around youth homelessness, which is often about ‘sofa surfing’ rather than rough sleeping, the charity is asking you to fundraise by sleeping, ‘anywhere but your bed’ on Friday 9th October. As part of the evening, there will be a ‘live’ online event, with a range of entertainment, from bedtime stories with Gruffalo author, Julia Donaldson and the legendary children’s presenter, Floella Benjamin, to fire dancing and singing with Elvis! Visit https://www.ymcadlg.org/get-involved/fundraise/sleep-easy/ to sign up.
Nikki Mason, YMCA DownsLink Group Director of Communications and Fundraising explains more about how and why to sign up:
“Due to coronavirus, we had to postpone our mass participation Sleep Out event – so we have given it a stylish makeover to ensure it’s an accessible, inclusive and safe event that anyone can take part in. Instead of meeting up, the new challenge on 9th October, is to spend the night sleeping somewhere other than your bed, with your ‘bubble’ or on your own. Just grab a sleeping bag and sleep anywhere you like, your garden, build a den in the hall, lounge or any other safe space. The money raised will help fund our services which tackle the root causes of youth homelessness, including our vital family mediation service.”#
The charity saw an increase of 61% in young people needing housing advice during lockdown, due mainly to family breakdown. Throughout the year, YMCA DownsLink Group provides safe, stable housing to over 750 young people in need throughout Sussex and Surrey, however the charity’s first priority is to keep young people in the family home, where possible, through mediation services. Money raised by Sleep Easy will help fund this service.
To find out more or sign up visit Sleep Easy (https://www.ymcadlg.org/get-involved/fundraise/sleep-easy/)
YMCA Downslink Group is a registered charity working across Sussex and Surrey providing a range of services to children, young people and families. It is one of the biggest providers of youth services in the South East and is committed to transforming the lives of vulnerable young people so that they can truly belong, contribute and thrive.The charity’s work covers a wide range of areas including accommodation, mental health, housing advice, counselling, sexual exploitation, mentoring, education, training and apprenticeships. Each year the charity supports over 10,000 young people operating from centres in Brighton & Hove, Guildford, Horsham, Crawley, Worthing, Eastbourne and Hastings. To find out more please visit www.ymcadlg.org.1 in 5 homeless people are aged 16-24. In 2018, across the UK, 103,000 young people presented themselves as homeless to their local authorities across the country.