What is it?


Sleep Easy is a national YMCA fundraising initiative. The aim is simple: spend a night challenging yourself to sleep rough, raising money to help change the lives of vulnerable young people. We raised a staggering £40,000 at YMCA Derbyshire’s Sleep Easy 2018. This money has been instrumental in enabling YMCA Derbyshire to change lives.

Your role in Sleep Easy 2019: 

Volunteering to be part of Team YMCA you will be part of a valuable fundraising event that will help change the lives of homeless young people in Derby and across Derbyshire. As part of Team YMCA, you may be asked to undertake the following:

  •  Welcoming and registering Sleep Easy participants
  • Car park support
  • Stewarding
  •  Helping with catering
  •  Promoting the event on social media
  •  Helping with the setting up and the cleaning up at Derbyshire County Cricket Club

Team YMCA volunteers will be asked to sleep over with the participants. A rota of shifts will be created so you can get some rest throughout the evening. We will provide food and drink at the event. However, if you are unable to sleep out but would still like to get involved, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Who are Team YMCA?

Anyone can become a member of Team YMCA. We are simply looking for people over 16 years of age who are reliable and responsible and who want to make a difference for a local young person. Team YMCA members should also have good communications skills, be respectful, fast learning and enjoy working as part of a team.

Why volunteer for Team YMCA?

Becoming a member of Team YMCA will help make a difference to hundreds of young people across the county. YMCA Derbyshire has been working in the area since 1847 to help young people reach their full potential.

At YMCA Derbyshire, we provide a safe front door for young people to feel protected. Our belief is that stable accommodation and a journey that is person-centred will assist individuals in moving forward with their lives. Last year we accommodated over 300 people. This number continues to grow to meet the ever increasing need in our community. Alongside providing a safe front door our team offer a number of education, training, work preparation opportunities and wellbeing support to help individuals explore and identify the pathway to shape their future.

Becoming a Team YMCA member will help you gain confidence, meet new people and make new friends, be part of a community, learn new skills, take on a challenge and most importantly have FUN.

If you would like to become a member of Team YMCA and get involved with this exciting event please contact Sleepeasy@ymcaderbyshire.org.uk.