Sleep out for Homelessness

District Children & Youth

For those taking part, read the sleep out survival guide here: SLEEP OUT SURVIVAL GUIDE (pdf – will open in a new tab)

Following the success of last years Sleepout for Homelessness we thought we’d do it all over again. So on the 23rd of January the Yorkshire North&East District Youth team will be having a district wide Sleep Out raising funds for SASH (helping to prevent homelessness with young people) & Carecent (a breakfast kitchen and support centre in York for rough sleepers). Maybe you might like to join in by holding your own mini-event in your garden? All donations to this fabulous cause are gratefully received!


January’s sleepout is raising funds for SASH and Carecent. Two fabulous charities who help prevent youth homelessness and provide warm food and clothing for rough sleepers respectively. Scroll down the page to find out more about the charities.

Read the Blog

In the run up to the Sleep Out for Homelessness we’ll look in more detail at some of the particular issues facing homeless people. Over the next few weeks we’ll feature a series of blogs that will explore: youth homelessness; some of the issues that contribute to the risk of homelessness in childhood; the hidden nature of homelessness especially in the rural areas of our District; contributions from Carecent and SASH; how we might respond locally as individuals and churches going forwards into 2021.

See all blog posts

The Charities

A safe place to stay for young people facing homelessness

Last year, we helped 320 young people avoid homelessness.

Young people who need our help are referred to us by Local Authorities and other agencies. You might not realise they are homeless because they tend not to sleep rough – although some do. Mostly, they are sofa-surfing or staying in other unsafe places. This puts them at risk of dropping out of education, losing their job, or of abuse by those they are staying with.

Carecent is a breakfast centre for all homeless, unemployed or otherwise socially excluded members of our community. They provide food, clothing and fellowship in a friendly and non-judgemental environment. They work with other agencies in order to move people forward to an improved lifestyle.

The constraints of social distancing mean that we are still unable to re-open our café, however we are now giving out our packed lunches each morning from the porch here at Central Methodist Church. This year, we are asking for donations of money. This will enable us to be flexible – rather than amass a lot of food donations which sit on shelves going out of date, we can carry on buying the things we need for our packed lunches.

Last Years Event

7th Dec 2019 – raised £2,525.00 (including gift aid) for Carecent in York and The World’s Big Sleep Out charities. Thank you to all who have given and took part at Sleep Out For Homelessness. We have now raised over four times as much as we originally thought we might. Again, THANK YOU!