We're so excited to announce that The Big Sleep Out is back for it's 5th year!
Our very first Big Sleep Out was in 2015, where we had 48 fantastic participants! Each year it has grown and last year we were joined by 97 people and raised over £10,000 to help the homeless!
Our aim this year is to make it even bigger - let's get more of you involved and raise even more funds! Can you join us?
What is the Big Sleep Out?
The idea is for participants to sleep outside for just one night in order to raise valuable funds and awareness for the homeless. The funds raised go towards the support services Arc provides for the homeless in Somerset.
Although the night will show some of the harsh realities of rough sleeping, the aim is not to replicate what it's like to be homeless. The aim is to raise funds so no one has to suffer this way! We therefore make the evening enjoyable by providing hot food, live music and spend the night socialising.
When the night draws in, it's time to settle down in our sleeping bags and sleep - with no roof above our heads and just a piece of cardboard beneath us. We have the comfort of knowing that we are surrounded by others and that it's just for one night - we'll be changing lives whilst we sleep and raising funds for those who don't have those comforts.
When and Where is the Big Sleep Out?
We'll be joining together on Friday 14th June from 6:30PM and sleeping overnight, when the event will end at 8AM on Saturday 15th June.
This year, the sleep out has relocated! We'll be sleeping in Arc's very own car park, behind our head office at 7 The Crescent.
Click here to see photos from last year's Big Sleep Out!
Who can take part?
Everyone! As long as your health allows you to safely sleep outside on hard ground for the night. We ensure the safety and warmth of all of our participants and there are first aiders and security on hand at all times. Previous years our youngest participant has been 4 and the eldest 84!
You can come alone, with a friend or as a big group - either way, there's lots of people there to talk to! We often have teams join from workplaces as a great team building event!
All we ask is that anyone under the age of 16 is accompanied by a guardian.
How do I get involved?
We'd love for you to join us and signing up is simple! Download the registration form below and return it to us with your registration fee. If it's easier for you, we are happy to email or post the forms to you - please just contact Rosie Hather on [email protected] / 01823 271326
Once you're registered, we'll send you further information, sponsorship forms and help you to set up a Just Giving page to raise those all important funds. It's never too early to start raising money!
Individuals 16 years old and younger: Go for free! There is no registration fee but we will need a registration forms along with information of who their guardian will be during the evening.
Individuals over 16: £10 registration fee
Groups of 4 or more: Half price registration at £5 each! (all members of the group must be older than 16)
Although this event raises awareness, its main purpose is to raise funds and we therefore need to ensure participants are committed to attending and raising sponsorship, which is why we ask for a small registration fee. Participants who raise £100 or more in sponsorship will be offered their registration fee back following the event - get fundraising!