Streetlife’s annual Big Sleepout returns to Blackpool town centre on Friday 25th March 2022.
The annual event that takes place at St. John’s Square in Blackpool’s town centre and raises vital funds to keep the town’s only emergency night shelter for vulnerable young people aged 16-25 open.
2022 marks the 30th year Streetlife’s night shelter, the local homeless charity supports over 400 vulnerable young people from their emergency night shelter and their day centre ‘The Base’ per year.
The vital funds raised during the Big Sleepout goes towards the annual operating costs that the charity needs to secure to provide emergency accommodation to young people at risk of homelessness in the town.
In previous years the event has saw the generosity of over 200 people take to the streets to support the cause and in 2021 raised over £15k to keep this vital facility alive.
Jane Hugo, Streetlife’s CEO said:
“By participating with our annual sleepout you’re enabling us to continue supporting over 300 young people and offering 2,920 bed spaces per year. Without our service these vulnerable young people would be sleeping rough on the streets. Our night shelter provides a safe and friendly place where young people feel at ease with a friendly team of staff and volunteers providing support around life skills, budgeting, mental health and more.”
Streetlife is a youth work charity whose aim is to assist vulnerable young people in the Blackpool area, established in 1982, Streetlife is an organisation, which assists vulnerable young people in Blackpool, a lot of who access our service as homeless.
The monies raised will be used to provide emergency safe accommodation to homeless young people in their Night Shelter at St. Johns Walk in Blackpool town centre.
The event costs just £10 to sign up and you will receive a Streetlife entry wristband, commemorative gift and plastic survival sack and will be held outside St. John’s Church at St. John’s Square in Blackpool town centre.
All participants are required to register prior to the event, if you would like to take part you can register by visiting www.wearestreetlife.org/sleepout.
This years headline sponsor for the event is Beaverbrooks The Jewellers, Managing Director, Anna Blackburn had this to say,
“Beaverbrooks is proud to be sponsoring The Big Sleepout for the third year. The event is a great way to raise local awareness about homelessness, while generating funds that will make a huge difference to hundreds of young people’s lives.
Registration is now open for this year’s Big Sleepout on Friday 25th March 2022, so sign up, grab your sleeping bag and join the Streetlife team for a very rewarding fundraiser that will help hundreds of young people in Blackpool.”
For more information on how to register or to find out more about Streetlife please visit our website www.wearestreetlife.org/sleepout alternatively you can search for the event on Eventbrite.