October 18, 2019

YMCA Humber is calling on local residents to come together and sleep rough for one night on 7the February 2020 to support local homeless young people.

YMCA Humber is one of several YMCAs across the country that have joined forces to raise awareness of youth homelessness, as part of YMCA England and Wales national campaign,

This campaign will see supporters sleep outside for one night to raise awareness of the hundreds of young people who sleep rough every year and raise funds to help YMCA Humber continue to support residents and young people in their services.

This year’s local event will take place on 7th February 2020 at Freshney Place car park, Grimsby from 6pm to 6am. Participants will spend the night outside and get involved with a shelter building competition, a warm-up session, plus some fun activities.

Amanda Austin, Centre Director, Freshney Place Shopping Centre said: “This is the seventh year we have hosted Sleep Easy and we’d invite as many people as possible to support it. Taking part not only raises vital funds for YMCA Humber but it also provides a small insight into the issues surrounding life on the streets but in a secure environment. We will be encouraging as many staff and customers as possible to get involved.”

YMCA Humber has hosted Sleep Easy nights for several years and has raised over £180,000 in that time. Money brought in has helped YMCA Humber to provide accommodation, support services, training and wellbeing services.

This year YMCA Humber are looking to raise funds to support the development of Move IN & Move ON initiatives. Many people arrive with absolutely nothing. During the Move IN, besides providing accommodation and support services on site the necessities are also provided. When residents are ready to be independent again, the support of our Move ON initiative assist residents back into independent living within the community. YMCA Humber’s coaches outline the needs of a resident to identify what is required. It could be sourcing furniture and making applications for financial support. On Moving Day, the box van is used to deliver furniture and help set up the new home ready to sleep that evening.

While there is recognition from the public that homelessness is going up, new research from YMCA has found that just one in four young people who are homeless (26%) believe the public care about youth homelessness.

YMCA Humber are hoping that this event will act as a way of showing young people in our community who are homeless that the public do care about them and that they are trying to tackle the problem of homelessness by raising vital funds.

Debbie Cook, YMCA Humber Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting our Sleep Easy event at Freshney Place on 7th February 2020, as part of the national YMCA Sleep Easy campaign.

“We know from our experience over many years that without the support we offer, many more young people would be sleeping on the streets and have less options and less chance of realising their potential.

“We are calling on the local community, old and young, to sign up to our Sleep Easy event to help us support young people in our services today and into the future. One night outside can make a lifetime of difference.”

Local people interested in taking part in YMCA Humber’s Sleep Easy can register by visiting http://bit.ly/33Lm1bk or contacting the Sleep Easy Team on 01472 359621 or email sleepeasy@ymca-humber.com