The Oxford Big Sleep Out
Sleep out – speak out – stand out: Saturday 7th October
The Oxford Big Sleepout is back! Will you give up your bed for the night and help tackle homelessness in our community?
After a very successful 2016 event which raised over £24,000, we’re delighted to bring back the Oxford Big Sleepout to raise vital funds that will help local people break the cycle of homelessness, for good.
You can sign up for the Oxford Big Sleepout 2017 here.
Why organise a Big Sleepout event?
Oxford is facing a homelessness crisis. The number of people sleeping rough is increasing by 50% year on year. On top of this, the vital work of the leading homeless charities in Oxford is under intense pressure. Cuts of up to 65% could see charities forced to cut services, leading to more local people vulnerable to homelessness or insecure housing.
We believe that now is the time to act. By signing up for the Oxford Big Sleepout you will be helping the most vulnerable people in our city to access secure housing, work experience, education and employment. All funds raised will be split between Aspire Oxford and Oxford Homeless Pathways.
About the Oxford Big Sleepout
When: Saturday 7 th October at Hill End Outdoor Centre, starting at 7pm and running through until 7am the following morning.
What’s On: During the evening we’ll have live music, speakers, refreshments from Abundance Oxford and Disco Soup, interactive community stalls and a film showing of “Not just homeless” made by Aspire Oxford and Oxford Homeless Pathways.
The Sleepout: At 10pm we’ll ask you to find somewhere to bed down for the night armed with just warm clothing, your sleeping bag and your cardboard shelter. We’ll then have hot drinks and food available in the morning and you’ll be able to leave by 7am.
While our event will be held in the safe environment of Hill End Outdoor Centre for one night only, hundreds of local people have nowhere safe to go – this is their reality, night after night. The Oxford Big Sleepout will give you a unique insight into the realities of homelessness.
Ready to sign up?
Registration costs just £10 to help cover the event costs. We are asking people to raise at least £100 in sponsorship to help local people put homelessness behind them for good. There are also a limited number of tickets available for the evening only.
You can register online now for the Oxford Big Sleepout event here or call 01865 204450.
Please note that this is an alcohol free event – we ask this out of respect to our charities’ clients. Thank you for your understanding.