Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to register to take part in the Sleep-Out, and when is the deadline?
Yes, 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 Sunday 13th October (if there are any places remaining by then). You can register HERE.
**UPDATE: Registration for the 2019 sleep-out has now closed. To hear about next year's event (planned for autumn 2020) please sign up to our mailing list and when we're ready to announce the details, we'll be in touch. Thanks!**
How much do I need to raise to take part in the event?
There's no set minimum fundraising target that you have to reach to take part in the event, but we encourage each participant to aim at raising at least £350 (and as much as they can!) for Streets of London, to support the charity’s work.
As much as we hope the sleep-out is a meaningful awareness-raising experience, it is principally an event to raise money for people who are really struggling, so please do your best to hit the target, so that we can get as much help as possible to people who really need it.
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), so that as much as possible of the money you raise ends up going to the charity and the homelessness projects we support.
Can I fundraise online?
Yes, you can set up an online fundraising page quickly and easily HERE with Virgin Money Giving. We suggest setting up your fundraising page as soon as you have registered for the Sleep-Out.
Please note that as this is an event being organised by the charity to raise money for Streets of London's work, all the money you raise will need to support Streets of London (rather than any other charity).
Can I organise a team?
Yes! The more, the merrier. You would be very welcome to bring a group of friends or colleagues along too, to 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. For details about how to set up a team fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving, see the 'Team Fundraising' section (second section down) of this page on their website.
Where will the event take place?
The Sleep-Out will take place in a private courtyard within 15 minutes’ walk of Westminster underground station. We’ll be in touch with participants a week or two before the event to provide the exact details and to give directions. Please note that no parking is available on site so we recommend arriving by public transport.
What do I need to bring?
You’ll be sleeping on pavement out in the open. It is important to come prepared for cold, hard stone 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)
- Torch (most outside lights will be turned off at 10pm)
- Hot drinks in a flask (will keep you warm if it's a chilly night)
- A sense of humour!
Please don't bring tents, alcohol, spray cans, stereos or anything that will disturb your fellow sleepers or any nearby residents - thanks.
When should I arrive on the day?
On Friday 18th October, please arrive between 8pm and 8.45pm. Last entry is at 8.45pm. Due to venue access restrictions it will not be possible to get into the venue after this time.
Once you have checked in on arrival, you can start bedding down for the night as soon as you would like to.
If the weather allows it, we hope to have a solo musician performing somewhere (unamplified) until about 9.30pm, to provide some entertainment and add a street busking feel!
Quiet/sleep time will be between 10pm and 6am (most lights will be turned off at this time). Please respect fellow participants and others sleeping nearby (local residents) by observing this.
The event will finish from 6am on Saturday 19th October, with everyone departing by 8am. (Please note that due to access restrictions, it will not be possible to leave prior to 6am, except in the event of an emergency.)
Will there be hot drinks and/or food?
Due to venue restrictions, unfortunately we will not be able to provide these.
We can however provide each person with a bottle of water on arrival. Also, we have been told that it's fine for you to bring hot drinks along in a flask if you would like to.
Can I bring alcohol?
No, please don't bring alcohol with you. At the venue’s request, we will be conducting 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?
The venue's security staff will be on duty throughout the night, in addition to the charity’s team of volunteers.
The event will take place on a private site in the open air with no facilities other than loos, so bring any valuables at your own risk.
Will there be First Aid?
Yes, there will be qualified First-Aiders 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.
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 18th October 2019 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 Virgin Money Giving fundraising page you set up, by Friday 6th December 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 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.
To comply with the venue's requirements, we will need to share your name with them, as they wish to vet the guest list in advance. No further information will be shared.
What does it feel like to take part in the Sleep-Out?
Follow the link to find out what people who took part in our 2018 sleep-out had to say about the experience.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.