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#YMCASleepEasy is BACK!
On 26th March people across the country will be sleeping anywhere but their beds to raise awareness of the thousands of young people made homeless each year.
One night can make a lifetime of difference.
YMCA Southend is proud to be once again taking part in YMCA's national Sleep Easy which has seen more than 7,000 people sleep rough in the last 10 years to raise over £1.5m for local YMCA services that help young people rebuild their lives.
YMCA Southend is asking supporters to sleep out, so others don't have to, by taking part in special Sleep Easy events all over England and Wales. In ordinary times, this would have involved groups and individuals meeting at a YMCA, building cardboard shelters, sharing the evening outside and together experiencing the harsh realities of life on the streets.
The challenges of running an event like this during the current pandemic are many, however, they do not compare to the difficulties that young homeless people are battling every single day.
For more than a decade the public has been sleeping out to raise money for YMCA and this year we are asking you to do so but with a twist. We're asking the public to sleep on their porch, bathtub or under the stairs in their home, or if you are able to brace the weather in tents in your garden.
While we cannot be together for Sleep Easy, we can still help save young people lives. For one night only, will you join us and make a difference?
If you are taking part in YMCA Sleep Easy and fundraising for Southend YMCA then have a look at our media pack. You can find some social media graphics to let friends and family know you are taking part and a participants guide with lots of helpful tips. If you need any assistance you can email us.
Don't forget to follow Southend YMCA on social media and tag us in your posts...and why not nominate a friend or family member to take part too!
Southend YMCA is a registered charity and housing provider based in Southend-On-Sea, UK, and working throughout the county of Essex and along the Thames Gateway. We work with children, young people, families and the wider community, providing high-quality education, outstanding accommodation and positive activities and enrichment projects for young people who need it most. Our mission is to enable the personal, social, cultural and moral development of young people as well as deliver improved health and wellbeing outcomes to the young people of Southend and the community. CLICK OUR LOGO TO FIND OUT MORE.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH US?
Southend YMCA is always looking for local organisations, businesses and individuals to help us provide innovative projects and initiatives and continue to support young people in the area. If you think this could be you EMAIL US.