Regional homeless charity Alabaré, famous for its flagship Big Sleep events that see hundreds of people sleep out overnight to raise vital funds and awareness to end homelessness, has launched its new “pandemic proof” Big Sleep for this autumn.
Leading into this year’s World Homeless Day, Alabaré is asking people young and old(er!) around the region to take part in The Big Sleep at Home on Friday 9th October, and by doing so make a massive difference to those left homeless, alone and in crisis.
Laura Knight, Community Fundraiser for Alabaré explains how people can get involved:
“It is so easy to get involved this year, no matter where you live. By sleeping somewhere uncomfortable or unusual for one night this autumn, you can help change the lives of people who desperately need our support.
“Why not camp out in the garden, or swap your bed for a sleeping bag on your kitchen floor, it’s your choice but by getting sponsored to sleep away from the comfort of your bed for a night you will be making a massive difference.
“We hope that schools and community groups, churches and businesses will all encourage their members to get involved, and maybe video call each other that night. There could be a bit of friendly competition to see who has the most uncomfortable bed, or maybe one to see who has the best mug for their hot chocolate – the possibilities are endless! I am sure it will be a memorable night, and people will have fun whilst raising money for such an important, life-saving cause.”
Alabaré runs a range of vital homes and services for vulnerable and homeless people, including drop-in centres providing hot food and dry clothes, homes where people can get the support they need to overcome the problems that lead them to be homeless, and training to find employment and manage a new tenancy.
They are one of many charities who have seen the fundraising income they rely upon be slashed by the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. All of the fundraising events the charity had planned for the year have had to be cancelled or postponed, at a time when all the signs indicate there will be more people than ever needing Alabaré’s services this winter.
Alabaré CEO, Andrew Lord explains why:
“Intervention by charities and the government has thankfully helped to reduce the number of vulnerable homeless people left to face this killer virus alone on our streets so far this year, however without swift action now we are looking at an impending crisis in the private rental sector as tenants who could not pay their rents are evicted, as well as an increase in unemployment and mental ill-health risk. The combination of all these factors means tragically we are likely to see a surge in homelessness as the winter sets in. This is why we so urgently need everyone’s help.”
To find out more about how you can get involved and take part in The Big Sleep at Home go to www.alabare.co.uk