Project information

Hope into Action Big Sleep Out 2015

Hope into Action, the Christian homeless charity which houses ex offenders, ex addicts, the homeless and those fleeing abuse, will be running a sleep out in Peterborough in October to highlight the plight of street sleepers in the City and across England due to cuts in Government funding.

October 2015 - October 2015

Charity information: Hope Into Action: East Of England

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  • Need

    Need

    We believe that no one should have to sleep on the streets. This event will being together people from across the City to experience homelessness for one night. It will raise awareness of the issue and raise money so that Hope into Action can continue to house and rehabilitate the most vulnerable in our society.

    Solution

    We ran our first Big Sleep Out in 2014 in which 57 people spent the night sleeping rough. Between them we raise £11,000, which was enough to employ a part time Support Worker to help look after some of our tenants. The event was also featured live on the local BBC TV news as well as in local magazines etc raising awareness of the event and homelessness in the East of England. We can not solve the problem of homelessness but we can help to reduce the number of people sleeping on the streets.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Raise donations to cover the costs of the event.

    Activities

    » We are asking Big Give donors to donate to cover the costs of the event so all money raised by those sleeping out can go directly to help the homeless

    We have a target of £750 to raise so that the event can take place. Once we have raised that then we can tell people who want to sleep out about the event.


    Aim 2

    Raise awareness of homelessness.

    Activities

    » Through social media, local TV and press coverage we hope to put the issue of homelessness in the consciousness of the public.

    We want to get local TV and press coverage of the event as we did last year.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The overall money raised from the event will allow Hope into Action to continue to employ a part time support worker to help support, comfort and rehabilitate our tenants. Without the support worker we can only offer our tenants a house not a home and a future.

    Risk

    If we can not raise the £750 we will not be able to run the event.

    Reporting

    After the event we will post videos and photos of the event together with the total raised on our Facebook page and website. We will also mention all of those who gave through the Big Give on our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £750

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      Amount Heading Description
      £300 Venue hire To hire the field, toilet facilities etc
      £165 St Johns Ambulance We must have St Johns Ambulance at the event as people will be sleep outside in October.
      £135 Admin costs Design and printing of sponsorship packs
      £150 Hire of a generator Hire a generator to provide electricity and lighting for the event.
  • Background

    Location

    The event will be held at the Ferry Meadows Country Park in Peterborough.

    Beneficiaries

    We currently home 60 tenants in 27 houses in 7 cities in England. We want to be able to house more people but this can only be achieved through donations from the public. Hope into Action does not get funding from the Government.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Hope into Action is the only Christian based homeless charity in Peterborough. No one else can offer the longer term accommodation and professional support. We link each of our houses with a local church. Volunteer mentors from each church also support each tenant. We are now housing people in Lincoln, Nottingham, Norwich, Wolverhampton, Swindon, Ipswich and Cambridge.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Rob McKew

    He was homeless for 20 years after leaving the army. Since moving into one of our homes he has come off drugs/alcohol. He is helping us with the event

It was a great atmosphere. Great to meet people from all walks of life from ex prisoners, ex homeless people.

David