It All About?

Help us give hope to thousands of people across England during Advent.

The Advent Sleepout Challenge is a national, sponsored event to help marginalised people in England transform their lives and communities through the work of Church Urban Fund.

During Advent, people all over England will take the Christmas story as inspiration to create their own Advent ‘stable’ and give up a night of comfort; sleeping out with friends, families, church groups, clubs and community groups. You can join in the fun by organising your own sleepout, and you’ll find all the resources you need in our Sleepout Toolkit to make your event simple to organise, fun and safe.

The Advent Sleepout Challenge is a great way to do something really special during the build up to Christmas, so download your toolkitjoin the mailing list or register your event now.

Find out more about how we help people transform their lives:

Toby’s story
Lavina’s story
Kirsty’s story
Jason’s story
Gemma’s story
Calvin’s story



The Manchester Night Shelter (2 mins)

Hear about the great work of the night shelters that are taking place in Manchester thanks to the money raised by the Advent Sleepout Challenge.

Ryan's Story (1 min 38 secs)

Already an alcoholic by the time he was a teenager and having spent four spells in prison, Ryan found hope through a project supported by CUF, now he's working in his dream job.

Steve's Story (1 min 28 secs)

When his Dad died, Steve spent five years on the streets. With the help of a project supported by CUF, he now lives in a room within a shared house. Here he shares his story and tells of his determination to find a place of his own.



Everything you need to organise
a successful Advent Sleepout

Download resources



The number of people sleeping rough in England has risen each year since 2010. (homeless.org.uk)