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Want to give someone the gift of warmth, comfort, food and hope this Christmas? 


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Last year we provided over 4,300 winter night shelter spaces, offering individuals food, a safe space to sleep, and much needed friendship.  Thanks to your support, one of our night shelters was able to open permanently throughout the winter period. This year we want to do more. We want to provide more overnight spaces, more places to give access to comfort, warmth and friendship, and in more locations across England.

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There are a number of different ways for you to take part in the Advent Sleepout Challenge, depending on how much of a challenge you’re up for. Here are some of our ideas, but you’re welcome to come up with your own:

  • Sleep inside somewhere unusual… Host a sleepout in your church, community centre, school or garden shed, with your colleagues, church-mates, family or friends!
  • Sleep outside... In the past people who have been up for a more extreme challenge have slept in school playgrounds, in church doorways, in church grounds and in a carpark. Some take it a step further and spent multiple nights under the stars!
  • Give up a home comfort. Go without your duvet, pillow, favourite cuddly toy or even your bed and sleep in a different room in your house. Bath tubs, kitchen floors and cupboards are all excellent choices! How you choose to Sleepout is up to you. If you are in need of inspiration then have a read of our stories from last year: we had a group of school teachers sleepout in the torrential rain, Explorer Scouts sleepout in a grave yard, and a sleepout in Westminster Abbey.
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