Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up to take part in the Sleep-Out At Home?
Click HERE to register.
Everyone wanting to take part in the event will need to register in advance. The number of places available is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Registration will close at midnight on Tuesday 4th October (if there are any places remaining by then).
What about COVID safety?
Your safety at the event is our top priority. Because the sleep-out is an outdoor event and social distancing at it happens fairly naturally, those factors help to limit the risk of virus transmission. Additionally, a range of measures will be in place to ensure that everyone at the event will be as safe as possible.
We will assess what measures are required for the 2022 sleep-out as the event approaches, but in 2021 these included:
- Lateral Flow Tests - We asked coming to take a Lateral Flow Test on the day of the event, and to only come to the sleep-out if they tested negative.
- Limited numbers - We capped the number of places available for the 2021 event at a reduced number, to increase the amount of space available per person.
- Masks and social distancing - We asked everyone coming to the sleep-out to please consider bringing a mask and to wear it when indoors, also to practice social distancing where appropriate. The event was almost entirely outdoors, but participants went indoors to make use of the loo or to collect a snack or hot drink during the night.
- Hand sanitiser - Available at the reception desk and hot drinks counter.
- Ventilation - The building has a ventilation system installed, to ensure good air-flow.
Where will the event take place?
The Sleep-Out will take place outdoors in the grounds of a private venue in central London, within walking distance of public transport.
We’ll be in touch with participants shortly before the event to provide the exact details and to give directions.
Please note that no parking is available on site, but there is some on-street parking available nearby.
Is there a registration fee?
Yes, there is a £9.50 registration fee (non-refundable). This helps to cover essential event costs (such as a first-aider, security, insurance, etc), so that as much as possible of the money you raise ends up going to the charity and the homelessness projects we support.
Is there a fundraising target?
We're holding the sleep-out to raise as much money as possible for the homelessness projects we support, so we ask each person taking part to raise money for Streets of London, to support the charity's work.
Whatever you're able to raise for the charity will help and will be much appreciated, but we encourage each participant to set a fundraising target of £250 (or more if you'd like to!) so that as many homeless people as possible receive support.
Can I fundraise online?
Yes, you can set up an online fundraising page quickly and easily HERE with JustGiving. We suggest setting up your fundraising page as soon as you have registered for the Sleep-Out.
Can my family/friends/colleagues take part in the event too and can we organise a team?
Yes! If you would like to take part as a group of friends or colleagues, or as a family, that would be great - take part as a team and raise even more. (Please note, each person wishing to take part will need to register individually.)
You can choose whether you'd like to raise money individually or together as a group. To set up a team page on JustGiving, first create your own fundraising page then simply click on the link that says 'create a team'.
What do I need to bring?
You’ll be sleeping outside on stone paving or grass. It is important to come prepared for cold, hard ground and possibly wet conditions.
For your comfort we would suggest bringing all of the following:
- Sleeping bag (we recommend a 3-4 season sleeping bag suitable for autumn/winter camping)
- Sleeping mat (or cardboard)
- Plenty of warm clothes and water-proofs (to ensure you keep warm and dry - bring more layers than you think you need!)
- Hat & Gloves
- Waterproof survival bag/bivvy bag (in case it rains - will help to keep your sleeping bag dry; available from Amazon or local camping shop)
- Ear plugs
- Water bottle
- Mask (please consider bringing one to wear indoors if going to the loo or making a hot drink)
- A sense of humour!
Please don't bring tents, alcohol, stereos or anything that will disturb your fellow sleepers or any nearby residents - thanks.
When should I arrive on the day?
On Friday 7th October, please arrive between 8pm and 9pm. Last entry is at 9pm.
Once you have checked in on arrival, you can start bedding down for the night as soon as you would like to.
We hope to have a musician performing somewhere until about 10pm, to provide some entertainment and add a street busking feel!
Quiet/sleep time will be between 10pm and 6am. Please respect fellow participants and others sleeping nearby (local residents) by observing this.
The event will finish from 6am on Saturday 8th October, with everyone departing by 7am.
Will there be hot drinks and/or snacks?
Yes, free hot drinks and light snacks will be available all night.
Please bring a reusable water bottle with you so we avoid the need for plastic waste.
Can I bring alcohol?
No, please don't bring alcohol with you. We may conduct bag searches on entry to the event and any alcohol with be confiscated.
Will there be toilet facilities?
Yes, loos will be available.
What security precautions will you have in place?
Professional security staff will be on duty throughout the night, in addition to the charity’s team of volunteers.
Bring any valuables at your own risk.
Will there be a First Aider present?
Yes, there will be a qualified First-Aider on duty throughout the night, ready to help.
If you have pre-existing medical conditions that you think might affect your ability to complete this challenge then we strongly recommend that you seek medical advice before registering. Taking part in the event is at your own risk.
What about rubbish?
When you leave in the morning, we would appreciate it if you could please take away everything that you bring – including litter and cardboard boxes. Thank you for helping out in this way.
Can friends come and visit me while I'm sleeping out?
Sorry, no - because the event will be taking place in a private space with restricted access, unfortunately this will not be possible.
Can I bring animals to the event?
Sorry, no animals or pets may be brought to the event (with the exception of guide dogs).
Is there a minimum age requirement to enter the event?
Yes, you will need to be at least 11 years old by Friday 7th October 2022 to take part. Anyone under 18 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult who is at least 21 years old, with a maximum of 3 under-18s per accompanying adult present. Adults remain solely responsible for the children in their care for the duration of the event, and should accompany them at all times.
What is the deadline for sponsorship?
Please collect and return any sponsorship money to Streets of London through the JustGiving fundraising page you set up, by Friday 11th November 2022 at the latest.
What happens to my personal information?
We promise to keep your information safe and never to sell or swap any of your personal details.
We will use the details you provide at registration only to organise the Sleep-Out and to keep in touch with you regarding the event.
At registration, you will be given the option of whether or not you would be happy to hear from Streets of London regarding other events or to hear about how your fundraising efforts have helped.
Is Streets of London a registered charity?
Yes! Registered charity number 1155242.
What does it feel like to take part in the Sleep-Out?
I can’t take part in the event but I would love to support this campaign. Is there somewhere I can make a donation?
Thank you for thinking of supporting! You can help us reach our fundraising target for the event by making a donation HERE.
I’m stuck for fundraising ideas. Can you help?
Of course! Check out our Fundraising Tips page for ideas to get your fundraising going.
I have a question that isn't answered here - how can I get in touch with you?
Feel free to get in touch with our team and we’ll be happy to help. You can e-mail us at email@example.com.