For the fourth year running, The Eden Project is hosting a Sleep Out event beside the Biomes.  The date for your diaries is Thursday 9 November 2017.

Eden will be one of a number of locations for the Sleep Out event taking place throughout the UK, with the aim of raising over £500,000 to support some of the thousands of people who experience homelessness in the UK every year. 

Sleep Out is a nationwide event organised by the End Youth Homelessness (EYH) campaign, which is a national partnership of grassroots charities and companies that provides vital support to homeless young people across the UK. 

Get involved

Would you be willing to swap your bed for a sleeping bag and cardboard mat for one night?

Sleep Out doesn’t aim to replicate homelessness, but it does show you some of the realities – the cold, the damp, the noise and the difficulty of carrying on your day with little sleep. It’s not easy – but we’ll tuck you in with a night of music, food and good company before bedtime.

The event helps to raise awareness of the issues around homelessness but also raises valuable funding and support for local grassroots organisations who are taking direct action to support homeless people to get back on their feet and turn their lives around.

We're asking participants to sign up (non-refundable £15 registration fee applicable) and to commit to fundraise as much as possible. As places are limited, we hope that participants will aim to raise at least £200.

You will be provided with a cardboard mat to lie on and a ‘Sleep Out Bag’ but please remember to bring a sleeping bag. You will be sleeping outside but there is cover overhead so that the event can take place whatever the weather.

When registering, you will have a choice of two local South West charities to fundraise for: St Petroc’s Society or Amber Foundation (EYH). These deserving charities will be extremely grateful for any monies raised. 

Entertainment

On the night, there will be musical entertainment to provide a soundtrack to the evening, there will also be cookery workshops, campfire tales, hot food, hot drinks and a licensed bar will be on offer. Further details will be announced shortly. 

Raise money for homeless people

A Government report released at the beginning of this year highlighted that the number of people sleeping rough had risen for the sixth year in a row. Over the last year alone the number of rough sleepers has increased by 16%.

Homelessness is a big problem across the West Country. Cornwall has the third highest number of rough sleepers in the country and the authority of Exeter was in the top ten of councils with the ‘highest number of rough sleepers per 1000 households’. Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government Jan 2017

The rough sleeping statistics come amid increasing concern around rising homelessness in England, fuelled by insecure tenancies, rising rents, benefit cuts and shortages of affordable housing.

A large majority of rough sleepers are young and male, many of whom have suffered a relationship breakdown or lost employment. Some may have drug, alcohol or mental health problems. Some are offenders, and an increasing number of former service personnel are being seen. Women account for approximately 20% of rough sleepers. All homeless people are vulnerable.

Details of the charities

Eden has linked up locally with St Petroc’s and the Amber Foundation (EYH)

St Petroc’s Society

St Petroc's exists to provide a diverse range of services for the single homeless, who, more often than not, fall outside the responsibility of statutory authorities. The Society provides accommodation, support, advice, training and resettlement services to single homeless people in Cornwall. Within resources available, they strive to provide the best quality of service possible. Their primary aim is to provide these services to people aged 16-65 years and for whom no provision is made within the community, either statutory or otherwise.

Amber Foundation

Amber is an independent charity that helps homeless and unemployed young people in crisis to positively turn their lives around. They offer a temporary safe place to live with 30 other young people at one of three residential centres, including at their centre in Devon. They provide a mix of support, structure, new experiences and accredited training that builds young people’s motivation, self-discipline and skill set.  They support residents to overcome their personal challenges and move on to education or employment and safe, sustainable accommodation. 

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