We are absolutely over the moon that our first ever “Virtual Sleep Easy” was such a success.

Our participants and donors raised an incredible £27,000 which will go towards providing health and wellbeing support including access to; to employability and skills sessions, various physical activities and wildlife projects such as YMCA allotments and the transformation of outdoor spaces.

2021 was our most important Sleep Easy yet. As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, the need for our services continues to increase. 2020 was hard for many and especially difficult for those we support and we are so grateful to everyone who supported us and our aim to help those who need it most.


For more info on what Sleep Easy is, please read below:

Where do the funds go?

Each night we provide accommodation for 193 individuals, all of whom temporarily find themselves without a place to live.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 we have regularly adapted our services to meet the ever increasing and changing needs of our young people and those we support in our communities. 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. Last year we achieved so much;

What is Sleep Easy?

The aim is simple: 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. You could build a cardboard shelter for the night, sleep under a canopy or in a tent or even choose to make a shelter in your home.

By spending a night in an unusual place, you will experience what it’s like to get minimal sleep as you feel vulnerable to the elements.

Each March we’d usually be bedding down in the car park of Derbyshire County Cricket Club to raise awareness of homelessness and vital funds for our charity. Although we can’t all be together this year, we are hoping you will still join us virtually by choosing your own unusual place to spend one night sleeping rough. This could be your garden, garage or even your sofa however you can challenge yourself to spend one uncomfortable night to raise vital funds so many others don’t have to sleep rough.

Meet Sandile

Sandile joined us at YMCA Derbyshire as she was declared homeless by her parents.

“I was terrified at first”. 

Our team helped Sandile to see the bright side of her situation by ensuring she was given full support physically and emotionally.

The staff at the YMCA helped me take note of my strengths and work on them in order to build my confidence.”

By working with our team, Sandile learned a lot about herself and has big plans for her future.

“Thanks to the YMCA staff I am certain that I will complete my Health & Social Care Level 3 course and later go to university.”

“One of the most important values I got from the YMCA is that dreams don’t work unless you do the hard work and being humble will take you places . In the future I hope to be a Social Worker and I am ready to change the world.”

 In December 2020, Sandile won the Young Hero of the Year award at the DerbyshireLive Heroes Awards as a result of the work she did to support other young people at YMCA and in our community throughout 2020. Sandile now lives independently in her own flat and is hoping to go to University this September, we can’t wait to see how Sandile continues along her positive pathway.

How else could I support?

You can help by sharing information and posts about the event from our Facebook and Twitter pages. We use #YMCASleepEasy to keep everyone in the loop via social media.

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 publically recognise this support in an agreed and appropriate manor. Please email to discuss sponsorship options.