Groups across the country are being encouraged to give up a night’s comfort to support the Advent Sleepout Challenge 2017, a national sponsored event taking place for the third time to raise funds to help marginalised people across England.
In 2016 there were as many as 4,134 people sleeping rough in England. This figure has risen every year since 2010.
Since 2015, the Advent Sleepout Challenge has raised £165,000 to support night shelters across England through the Church Urban Fund’s Together programme. Last winter we were able to provide 4,000 beds in these night shelters thanks to support from the Advent Sleepout Challenge.
The Together programme (partnerships between CUF and local diocese) supports night shelters that warmly welcome guests, build their self-esteem and confidence, and support them into work and permanent accommodation.
Canon Paul Hackwood, Executive Director of Church Urban Fund said,”
“When churches, youth groups, and friends choose to take part in the Advent Sleepout Challenge we are able to reach out to more and more people who are experiencing homelessness in England today and welcome them into warm and caring night shelters.
“Please use this Advent as an opportunity to do something practical to help marginalised people in England.”
Find out more about the Advent Sleepout Challenge at www.sleepoutchallenge.org.uk
Church Urban Fund’s Together Network works across the country to build capacity for social action by churches, community groups and other organisations, including through 19 member organisations which are partnerships between CUF and Church of England dioceses. In 2016, the Together Network helped raise more than £1 million for community and social action initiatives and delivered more than 330 training sessions, workshops and events, engaging more than 11,000 people.
CUF’s Impact Report 2016 provides more details about the charity’s work, including the Together programme.