Caritas Big Sleep Out
Will you help us support people experiencing homelessness by hosting your own Big Sleep Out?
As the days become shorter and cooler, we’re reminded of the difficult conditions experienced by anyone sleeping rough, or worrying about whether their temporary accommodation is making their mental or physical health worse.
Due to the cost-of-living crisis, we’re seeing unprecedented numbers of people coming for help in our projects across Greater Manchester and Lancashire.
What is a sponsored Big Sleep Out?
It’s choosing not to sleep in the comfort of your own bed for one night only and asking people to sponsor you.
You can arrange one on your own, with friends, family or colleagues and at a time that works for you. It can take place at home, at work or at a community centre. Why not take a look at our pack for some handy hints on what to consider when hosting your own event?
A Big Sleep Out isn’t intended to show what it’s like to seep rough, but instead helps us all to stop, reflect and think about what many young people and adults experiencing homelessness are facing every day.
Start fundraising now:
Every penny raised is urgently needed to directly help people in crisis. Set up a fundraising page now and start collecting sponsorship safely and securely.
Or sponsor a room instead:
We operate supported accommodation across Greater Manchester and Lancashire to ensure people don’t have to sleep rough, sofa surf or stay in unsuitable bed and breakfast accommodation. If you’re interested in sponsoring one of our rooms for a year, please get in touch.
Need more information?
Why your support matters
We believe everyone should have a safe, secure place to call home.
Having appropriate, safe housing provides a sense of personal dignity and allows families and individuals to flourish.
Too many people in Greater Manchester and Lancashire are homeless.
At Caritas, we’re fighting to:
- End the use of unsupported temporary (bed and breakfast) accommodation for families and single homeless people.
- End rough sleeping and end the use of night shelters and shared sleeping spaces.
- Reform the private rented sector to ensure it provides secure, good quality accommodation at an affordable price for all.
- Build, protect and increase sustainability of suitable social housing.
We also run a range of services to support people who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We provide a warm welcome and holistic support – from help with housing, finance, benefits and physical and mental health and wellbeing issues, to the provision of nutritious meals and a warm place where people can socialise and join in a range of activities.
Did you know?
people were helped to move off the streets and out of homelessness into secure supported or permanent accommodation by our team last year.
activity sessions were run by our homelessness services to help people increase their skills, confidence and self-esteem.
people came along to our regular drop-ins with specialist agencies, from housing advice to GP sessions, free optician appointments to mental-health support.
Big Sleep Out Caritas In Action Resources for Schools
Big Sleep Out Pack for Schools
Big Sleep Out fundraising poster
Big Sleep Out sponsorship form
Quiz for schools and youth groups big sleep out
“I can’t believe how patient you all are here and you didn’t rush me once. It’s the only time I get to have a shower and I feel so much better. I appreciate all of the food and I feel so spoiled.”
Person accessing our services
Free school meals for all
Message from Bishop John Arnold
Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain visits Caritas Salford