We need your help!

We need your continued support to help us tackle chronic street homelessness in our communities. All volunteers will be well supported by a Volunteer Coordinator.  

Current opportunities to get involved include:

Innovation Event

The Innovation Event is designed to bring together the local community and the homelessness sector to discuss innovative housing solutions, and to match recommendations with resources. Everyone with an interest in ending street homelessness is welcome, whether you’ve previously been engaged with the campaign or not. A summary will be given of the campaign’s progress so far at the beginning of the evening to make sure everyone is up to speed!

This should be a lively session facilitated by community-powered events organisation Ambigo. We hope to see you there!

Please register here by 25 March to secure your place.

Date: Tuesday 27 March 2018, 5.30- 8.30pm

Venue: To be confirmed

Sleep Easy

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On Friday 16th March 2018, YMCA DLG are hosting a fundraising event called Sleep Easy, raising money for GalvaniseBH and YMCA DLG to help change the lives of homeless or vulnerable people.

We’re calling on people to spend one night under the stars to better understand the experience of sleeping rough, swapping your bed for a sleeping bag and cardboard box. It’s likely to be chilly and uncomfortable, but the money raised will make a huge difference to people’s lives.

When and where does it take place?

The venue for the sleep out in Brighton and Hove is awaiting confirmation.

The event will run from 8pm to 8am on Friday 16th March 2018.

Who can take part?

Everyone aged 16 and over is welcome to take part, and we ask that 16 and 17 year olds gain parental consent and are accompanied by a responsible adult on the night.

Under 16s are encouraged to hold their own Sleep Easy event with family or friendsPitch up a tent in the garden, sleepover in a school hall or stay at a friend’s house – they’re still not your own comfy bed! The most important thing is to raise money to support vulnerable people. Click here for more information about under 16 events.

How can I register?

16 and over? Click here to sign up now!

The entry fee is £10, payable on the night. This helps us ensure we have all the equipment and supplies needed for you on the night. 

I don’t want to take part, how else can I support the event?

You can sponsor individuals taking part or donate directly to the appeal through our JustGiving page.

You can also help spread awareness on social media. We will be using the hashtag #YMCASleepEasy, so feel free to share any thoughts, pictures or posts. We’ve included some suggested posts below to get you going:

Facebook

I’m swapping my bed for a cardboard box and sleeping out with @YMCADLG to raise money to transform the lives of homeless or vulnerable people. Sponsor me here [insert link to you/ your teams JustGiving page, or use the main donation page http://bit.ly/2DdtvXt] #YMCASleepEasy #GalvaniseBH

Instagram

I’m proud to be sleeping rough for a night raising money to help change the lives of homeless or vulnerable people. Sponsor me here [insert link to you/ your teams JustGiving page, or use the main donation page http://bit.ly/2DdtvXt] #YMCASleepEasy #GalvaniseBH

 #endhomelessness #endstreethomelessness #roughsleeping #Brighton #Hove

Twitter

Join me in sleeping rough with @YMCADLG raising money to transform the lives of homeless and vulnerable people in our community http://bit.ly/2DlaFBU  #YMCASleepEasy #endhomelessness #GalvaniseBH

Sleep Easy Event Support Role

We’re also looking for event volunteers to help Sleep Easy run smoothly.

These roles are ideal for those who want to support the event without sleeping out. Responsibilities include helping set up the location, welcoming and registering participants, collecting donations at the event, catering support and helping clean up at the venue. If this sounds right for you, or if you have particular skills you would like to use (such as photography or cooking) we’d love to hear from you at galvanise@ymcadlg.org.

We will create a rota of shifts at the venue, so you won’t be in attendance throughout the night.

Community Volunteer Representatives

Please email galvanise@ymcadlg.org specifying why you should be considered for the role. 

This role will represent the community volunteers at the GalvaniseBH Steering and Working Group meetings. This group acts as the community arm under the city’s broader Rough Sleeping Strategy Board.

As a representative, you will ensure the ideas and views of the volunteers are communicated to the Group. Your role will likely involve reading the materials ahead of each meeting, sharing and discussing the agenda with the volunteers, then feeding through outcomes to them for further discussion. 

During meetings, we would like you to actively engage in discussion around the strategic direction of the campaign and the specific tasks that need to be completed.  

In order to fulfil this role, you need basic literacy, numeracy, communication and negotiation skills. You need to be able to interact positively with a wide variety of people with a stake in the GalvaniseBH campaign. We expect you to attend a two-hour meeting in Brighton and Hove every month and spend at least three hours in between meetings liaising with other community volunteers.