District Children & Youth
Sleep Out for Homelessness is an annual Charity event organised by the District Youth Team in response to the young people in our District feeling passionate about helping those who are homeless.
The sleepout will see members of our community experiencing sleeping outside in the cold January weather at a number of campsites around the district.
However, if sleeping outside isn’t your cup of tea there are other ways to get involved such as boycotting your bed, engaging with resources, and donating to our Just Giving page (click here).We are supporting 3 amazing charities this year who all work around our local area who would all be extremely grateful for any donations.
This page will share the resources we are providing for this years sleep out, information about the Charities and our blog!
- Lidgett Grove Methodist Church
January’s sleepout is raising funds for SASH, Carecent and InspireNorth. SASH and Carecent are two charities who help prevent youth homelessness and provide warm food and clothing for rough sleepers respectively, and InspireNorth is a charity which works within mental health, wellbeing, housing and domestic abuse. Scroll down the page to find out more about the charities.
If you are able to donate, head to our JustGiving page
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 2023
You can find these here.
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 closely with other agencies in order to support people towards leading the lives they want.
Throughout the COVID pandemic we have been serving takeaway pack-ups from the steps of the Central Methodist Church. We have recently begun to host coffee mornings alongside this, offering a space of warmth and welcome through the winter. Because of the unpredictable landscape, we are once again asking for donations of money rather than food this year. This allows us to be flexible in what we offer and buy food in response to our needs.
Inspire North is a charity bringing together the work of Community Links and Foundation, two outstanding charities with decades of experience in mental health and housing working across the north of England, from Durham to Greater Manchester.
They have 4 simple but motivating values which help drive their work: People, Integrity, Passion and Collaboration. To find out more head to their website https://www.inspirenorth.co.uk/home/about-us/
Last Years Event
Last Years event was held at Lidgett Grove Methodist Church, camping out in freezing conditions, as well as a few people joining in with the event from home. We were also very pleased to welcome a group of young students for York University, who brought their own brand of entertainment by spontaneously bursting into song! What better way to keep spirits high on a cold evening!
The SleepOut was huge success and we raised over £5000 in total for SASH, Inspire North and Carecent.