FAQs

Hopefully, this site has answered all your questions but if not, we've tried to answer them here

If you have any question not handled below, please just get in touch

Where can I sleep?


Any outside space that you have permission to set up for the night on. This could be in your garden, on your balcony, or at your place of work. In short, anywhere you're allowed to, that isn't where you'd normally - and comfortably - sleep.




What if I can’t sleep outside?


You may choose to sleep anywhere that is not your own bed/normal place of slumber. You can set up a tent/shelter outside, but we understand that this is not practical as some people may not be able to do this due to lack of space, concerns for safety, the weather or accessibility needs.

Please make sure you are following government guidelines regarding COVID-19




What should I bring?


Make sure you are prepared for all weathers. If you're sleeping outside, think about wearing layers, and make sure you have a shelter and a sleeping bag/camping mat.

Inside or out, ensure you've enough food and drink to last the night.




What if I'm sleeping out in a team?


We advise that you do not bring any valuables and make sure the team have a list of emergency contacts for everyone taking part.

You'll also need to think about appropriate PPE and hand sanitiser etc., and remember to follow social distancing guidelines.




What if the weather is bad?


If the weather is appalling, then please do move inside.

Your health and wellbeing is important, and as long as you’re not in your normal bed, then this will still count!




Where do I send the money I raise?


We can only accept donations through our (your!) personalised fundraising platform.

If you haven’t set it up already, please see the confirmation email you recieved when you registered, where there is a link to our platform.

Once you've set up your fundraising page on that platform, you'll get a personalised link, that you can point your friends and family towards so they can donate.




Who is the money going to?


The money will be divided between the following


45% We Make Events
35% Excluded UK
20% Crisis

Because we can't claim Gift Aid, we have set the shares that our charity partners get a fairer share.




How do I promote my sleep out?


On your fundraising page, there are buttons that enable eay sharing to socail media, and by email. You can - and should, if you have the time! - write blog posts, adding updates that keep your campaign 'fresh', and your donors interested.




What branded materials can you provide?


We haven't spent money on branded merchandise, or wooly hats etc, but please do feel free to download either of the attached images. SilentNights icon SilentNights banner




How much money do I need to raise?


So we can raise as much as possible to help us provide our support serrvices where they're most needed, we are suggesting that everyone aims to raise a minimum of £50.00.

That said, if you don't hit that target, it’s absolutely OK... You can of course still take part, and help us raise awareness!




Can I take part if I am under 18 years old?


Yes, but you will need consent (and or company!) from an appropriate adult/guardian.




What's actually happening on the night?


We've already got some things planned, like the world premiere of the Excluded Children's Choir, and our Dawn Chorus, but we're working on bringing you more entertainment to keep spirits up through the night. We'll be updating you on that nearer the time. You can always head to Excluded or WeMakeEvents Facebook pages and chat into the small hours with fellow sleepers, and share your experiences on Twitter and Instagram. Remember to tag @leftout_cold, and use the hashtags, #excluded, #wemakeevents, #crisis, #leftoutinthecold, and #christmas




Why are you imitating what it's like to be homeless?


The Silent Nights sleep out isn’t meant to imitate or in anyway deprioritise the experience of people who are already living on the streets, but to raise awareness of our cause, and raise money so we can make sure everyone who needs it gets the support they deserve.

Homelessness isn’t just about rough sleeping; it includes everyone who does not have a home. They may be staying with friends/family, be at risk of violence and/or abuse in their household, don’t have the rights to stay where they are (squatting for e.g.) or are in unsuitable housing.

And those of us who have been excluded, and those of us who've been unable to work for 9 months, are at real risk of losing our homes.




My question isn't answered here. What do I do?


Get in touch with us: info@silentnights.org.uk




How do I sign up?


It's a two step process. First, click any of the 'Join Us' buttons on these pages, and you'll be taken to our event registration page, where you'll need to agree to our sign up conditions, and can decide if you'll be sleeping out at home, or at work. (You must register to take part.) When you've done that, you'll get an email with a link to our fundraising platform, where you can set up your own, personalised page, that you can share on your on channels. We ask that everyone who registers aims to raise at least £50. While you dont have to fundraise, it goes without saying that we can't offer as much support as we'd like without the funds to provide them...