‘Sleep Easy’ with YMCA Humber this Friday to keep homeless young people off the streets

YMCA Sleep Easy 2019
Participants taking part in last year’s event – YMCA Sleep Easy 2019.

YMCA Humber is calling on residents to come together and sleep rough for one night on 7th February 2020 to support local, homeless young people.

The Sleep Easy event will see supporters sleep out for one night to raise awareness of the hundreds of young people who sleep rough and to raise funds to help YMCA as the numbers of rough sleepers of all ages continues to rise and pressures mount on the housing market.

Across the UK, recent research estimates that over 103,000 young people are homeless or at risk of homelessness. These figures only include young people who have asked their local council for help, so the figure is likely to be much higher. The causes of youth homelessness are varied and complex, however one of the main reasons for youth homelessness is family breakdown; a young person being told to leave the family home or leaving because it isn’t safe to stay. The frightening reality for many young people is suddenly having nowhere to call home; favours from extended family or friends run out and they can quickly find themselves on the streets.

This year, YMCA Humber aims to raise £40,000 to support the development of ‘Move IN’ and ‘Move ON’ initiatives. Many people arrive with absolutely nothing during the Move IN to YMCA accommodation, so besides offering accommodation and support services on site, the necessities are also provided such as a meal plan, bedding and toiletries. 

When residents are ready to be independent again, the support of the YMCA’s Move ON plan assists residents back to independent living within the community. YMCA Humber’s coaches outline the needs of a resident to identify what is required. It could be sourcing furniture, making applications for financial support, or just the encouragement to dispel their uncertainty. On Moving Day, a box van is used to deliver furniture and help set up the new home ready to sleep comfortably the same evening.

Debbie Cook, CEO YMCA Humber
Debbie Cook, CEO YMCA Humber.

Debbie Cook, YMCA Humber’s Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting our Sleep Easy at Wilberforce Sixth Form College in Hull again on 7th February. We sincerely appreciate the support for the event by the Wilberforce College Team.

“Homelessness is often hidden in our society. Young people who have no fixed home will often find themselves ‘sofa surfing’, staying in tents, cars or even on the street. Many young people find themselves without anywhere to live at some point in their lives, and it is our job to be there for them at that time of crisis.

“I am delighted that local companies and charities have stepped up to support YMCA Humber’s 2020 campaign by pledging their commitment and swapping their comfy mattresses for cardboard boxes!  Child Dynamix and Humbercare will be trying to catch 40 winks during their sleep out.

“By taking part in our Sleep Easy campaign you can raise much-needed awareness of the plight of rough sleeping among young people and to help us support the people in our services today and the future. One night out can make a lifetime of difference”.

Local people interested in becoming involved this year can always support by donating on the Just Giving page. However, if they still want to take part they need to contact The Sleep Easy Team at YMCA Humber

Although it is tough challenge, Sleep Easy is a great community event to take part in. There will be a Buskers’ Corner, shelter-building challenge, a warm-up session and many more fun activities.

To find out more or register please visit  https://www.ymca-humber.com/sleep-easy/

To donate https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/SleepEasy2020-YMCAHumber 

Or contact the Sleep Easy Team on 01472 359621 or email sleepeasy@ymca-humber.com  

[Sally Meech – YMCA Humber]