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Please note: The Big Basingstoke Sleepout is postponed due to Covid-19. Visit Julian House for further details.
Sleep out for just one night under the stars, on Saturday 21st March 2020 in The War Memorial Park and make an incredible difference to those forced to sleep out every night.
Julian House provides life changing support to over 1,000 people every year. They operate over 40 projects, accommodation sites and social enterprises across the South West. In Basingstoke the charity’s Assertive Outreach Team provide a real opportunity for people desperate to move away from rough sleeping. In addition the Community Activities Network offers a varied timetable of activities, drop in sessions and events which promote independence, well-being and social inclusion.
The Camrose Centre, Basingstoke makes a real difference to homeless people's lives: a private place to wash and freshen up - something that most people take for granted. However for those who are sleeping on the streets the simple act of washing and using toilet facilities can be very difficult to access. The Centre offers a safe place for homeless people to feel good with wash kits and fresh towels supplied by staff
Cathy Adcock, Area Funding Manager for Julian House said: “Of course, no-one is under any illusion that spending one cold night in War Memorial Park could possibly come close to the stark reality of being homeless and sleeping on the streets every night. People taking part in the Big Basingstoke Sleep-Out may be uncomfortable, however, the next morning they’ll be able to go home, have a warm bath, a cooked breakfast, chat to family and friends about their experience and catch up on lost sleep. The big difference for people who are forced to sleep rough is that they don’t have that option.”
Both organisations are delighted to have Newbury Building Society on board as the main sponsor for the event.
Lisa Wedge, the Society’s Branch Manager in Basingstoke said: "Homelessness in Basingstoke and surrounding areas is a real concern. As a mutual organisation which holds the community at its heart, we are proud to help Julian House and the Camrose Centre lead the charge in helping vulnerable people in the local area. Giving up one night may not eradicate the problem, but as a community we can unite as one voice and come together to spread awareness. By doing so, we start to chip away at a problem that is right on our doorstep. Employees of Newbury Building Society will be leaving the warmth of our beds on the 21 March 2020, and we hope many of our members will join us."
The Big Basingstoke Sleep-Out is aimed at families, groups of friends and work colleagues, with no age limit for those taking part. Also welcome will be teams from Scout and Guide groups, organisations and companies, who can rally together to take on the challenge. Supporting the Sleep-Out gives members of the public the chance to empathise with those who are forced to sleep on the streets and raise sponsorship to help Julian House and the Camrose Centre support them: not just changing lives - often saving lives.
How to get involved:
Join in: sign up online at www.julianhouse.org.uk or email email@example.com
Support Newbury BS: support Newbury Building Society's team sleep-out team by donating in branch or online at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/newbury-building-society-bbso
*all figures and data correct as of January 2020