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Last winter Church Urban Fund supported night shelters throughout England, providing 4000 bed spaces. All of our night shelters aim to offer whole person solutions, much more than just a bed. This kind of support is deeply transformative, and gives more people a chance for renewed hope and an opportunity to live life in all its fullness. This was made possible by those who took the Advent Sleepout Challenge and received sponsorship for sleeping out for a night.

Watch the videos to find out more.

John’s Letter (48 secs)

This is John’s story. Volunteers at a Church Urban Fund winter night shelter gave him hope and a new chance at life.

CUF’s Winter Night Shelters (1 min 19 secs)

Hear about the CUF winter night shelters from Ellie, a vicar who is hosting a night shelter in her church as a part of the network that CUF has set up through our Joint Venture in Manchester, Greater Together Manchester.

Read about how the CUF supported project, The Living Room, gave hope to Mark.

Read about how the Joel Project, a homeless shelter supported by CUF, helped Dave to get back control of his life.

What’s 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. By receiving sponsorship for sleeping out, these groups are making a difference to people living on the margins across England.

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.



Everything you need to organise
a successful Advent Sleepout

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