WE SLEPT ROUGH SO THAT OTHERS DON’T HAVE TO!
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We are still collecting donations for YMCA Sleep Easy 2022. If you would like to donate you can do so by clicking the button below. All funds raised will be going towards our Health and Wellbeing provisions to improve the lives of the people we support across Derby and Derbyshire.
Where do the funds go?
Each night we provide accommodation for 193 individuals, all of whom temporarily find themselves without a place to live.
Over the last couple of years, many have struggled with poor mental health, food and or digital poverty, loneliness, isolation and unemployment. Our team have been working exceptionally hard to provide much needed support.
This year, we are raising funds to allow our health and wellbeing team to continue providing vital support to our young people, including; therapeutic counselling, daily activities like visits to our allotments, physical sports sessions and the opportunity to have fun with their friends at the cinema, theatre or bowling. Many of not had these experiences before. The funds we raise at Sleep Easy 2022 really will be changing lives.
What is Sleep Easy?
What: spend a night challenging yourself to sleep rough, raising money to help change the lives of local people in Derby and Derbyshire. The night involves activities that best replicate what it’s actually like to sleep on the streets.
Where: There’s two choices this year. We’re very excited to be hosting our Sleep Easy 2022 in The Incora County Ground car park as usual.
However, if you have children who would like to participate or would prefer to take part in your home, we’re also running a Virtual Sleep Easy in the same way we did last year – simply finding somewhere unusual to sleep in your home/garden
Why: By spending a night in an unusual place or sleeping outside, you will experience what it’s like to get minimal sleep as you feel vulnerable to the elements. Many of our young people have unfortunately had to go through this and we want to raise as many funds as possible to continue providing them with a safe, warm place to live alongside 24/7 support.
Dan came to YMCA Derbyshire two years ago and has progressed through our Young Persons’ Pathway. He was a part of our Foyer and has completed courses at YMCA Key College. Dan has recently moved onto our Y-Steps programme which provides transitional housing for young people who are entering employment or education.
“When I first came to YMCA Derbyshire I was nervous moving into a new place with all these people around me. I felt scared and alone for the first week but after that I started to relax a bit. Everyone was friendly which took me by surprise – I wasn’t expecting that. I could have stayed in my room forever but if you don’t have anyone to talk to you start to climb the walls. I started playing pool, and taking part in every activity I could.”
After a year of living with us, Dan went on to do his Level 2 in Food Hygiene alongside volunteer in our kitchen which earned him his Food Hygiene certificate.
Rekindling his passion for cooking, Dan decided to start studying at YMCA Key College.
“I liked YMCA Key College and learned a lot. It was a great atmosphere. – friendly. I got on with everyone I with and it really built my confidence. The course lasted a year and it felt great when I passed.”
Dan has now moved out of our on-site accommodation into his own flat in Derby and is really excited for the future.
“Without the support and encouragement from YMCA Derbyshire I would have given up. The YM literally turned my life around for the better, I would hate to think where I would be if I hadn’t come here. I’ve put the effort into moving forward in life – I have every reason to be proud.”
How else could I support?
You can also sponsor individuals taking part or donate directly to our Sleep Easy appeal.
Or, if Sleep Easy is not your thing, you can fundraise in lots of different ways. Read more HERE.
We’d welcome any donations or sponsorship for the event and would publicly recognise this support in an agreed and appropriate manor. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss sponsorship options.