Big Sleep Out at home FAQs

What happens if it rains?

The Big Sleep Out is a challenge that will give you a very small insight into what it might be like to sleep rough, including cold temperatures and wet weather. If, however, the weather is too severe – such as torrential rain or snow – please do move inside!

Please note, it’s not giving up or failing if you make the decision to move inside. In fact, this can provide a calm environment and time for reflection on your experience, and how lucky you are to have the choice to move indoors.

Can I drink alcohol?

While we hope you’ll enjoy the event, the Big Sleep Out is a challenge where we hope participants will take some time to reflect on what it might like to lose your home and sleep on the streets. Past events have always been dry for that reason (and because alcohol makes you more susceptible to hypothermia). But it’s your home, your rules!

Big Sleep Out at home is a virtual event – will I receive any resources for the night and to help me fundraise?

We’ve set up a guide to Big Sleep Out at home – which includes everything you need to fundraise for your challenge between now and World Homeless Day, Saturday 10 October; an insight into how your sleep out will help prevent homelessness in Reading; and more information about the actual night.

All participants will receive an event pack a few weeks before the Big Sleep Out at home and it will be full of goodies to get you through the night! Including snacks, an event programme and an exclusive Launchpad beanie!

What is the fundraising target?

Our fundraising target for Big Sleep Out at home is £25,000 – so we can continue helping vulnerable people avoid losing their home and facing night-after-night on the streets.

By taking part in Big Sleep Out at home, we are asking you to raise £250 to help our mission to prevent homelessness in Reading – and we will help you every step of the way. We’ve provided lots of resources to help you achieve your target – including instructions on how to set up and make the most of your JustGiving fundraising page – and our team are always on hand to offer advice and support on the best way to fundraise.

I don’t have a garden – can I take part?

You don’t necessarily need your own garden to participate! Take on the challenge of the Big Sleep Out at home with friends or family members and use their garden (following Government guidance regarding social distancing). Alternatively, if you have a secure balcony you can sleep out on that – or a last resort use your living room floor. And if you’re a business, you and your team could sleep in the office or business.