Big Sleep Out 2021

Brave the outdoors for one night - so people facing homelessness as a result of the pandemic won’t have to.

Home Big Sleep Out 2021

Join #TeamLaunchpad on the weekend of World Homeless Day and take on the challenge of swapping your comfortable bed for a sleeping bag in your garden with your friends, family and pets – and together we can raise £60,000 to support those affected by pandemic-related homelessness.

Who will the Big Sleep Out at home support?

By taking part in the Big Sleep Out at home and raising money for Launchpad, you will be helping us provide urgent support for local people who are at risk of losing their home as a result of the pandemic.

Our drop-in service, which provides free housing and homelessness support and information, has seen a sharp rise in the number of people in COVID-related crisis – many of whom never imagined they would ever need to reach out for Launchpad’s help. Some are on the brink of homelessness because they have been made redundant, are fleeing domestic violence or have been asked to leave their home since the eviction ban was lifted. Other people’s tenancies are at risk because they’ve battled serious mental health issues or their addiction has worsened since the outbreak of the virus.

With #TeamLaunchpad’s help, we can continue our vital work with vulnerable individuals, couples and families in Reading who are feeling the devastating impact of the pandemic, and ensure they remain housed.

How can your fundraising help?

  • £10 can help pay for someone who has been made redundant to receive vital housing information and support at our drop-in service.
  • £18.75 could help fund a 25 minute phone call between an interpreter, a Launchpad support worker and a non-English speaking individual – who hasn’t been able to travel back to their home country during the pandemic, and is facing homelessness.
  • £50 can help pay for one hour of legal advice for a couple who have been unlawfully asked to leave their home since the eviction ban was lifted.
  • £140 can help pay for four therapy sessions for someone whose mental health problems have been exacerbated during the pandemic, and has left them at risk of homelessness.
  • £254 can help fund the costs of moving someone into safe accommodation after they experienced domestic violence during the pandemic.

Why is the event virtual?

Last year, we were forced to take the Big Sleep Out online, something we had never done before at Launchpad. We received an overwhelming response – over 190 people slept out in their gardens while streaming the event on Facebook and together we raised over £50,000!

Sadly, COVID-19 continues to be unpredictable. We don’t want to organise our flagship event to be in-person in October, only to have to cancel it at the last minute and disappoint our supporters. Instead, we want to use our funds wisely and be absolutely certain that we can guarantee everyone’s safety. It’s vital we continue raising funds for people in need – particularly those who have been left vulnerable by the pandemic – so, the Big Sleep Out at home is back for another year!

What does the event involve?

While the Big Sleep Out at home doesn’t aim to replicate homelessness, by sleeping out you will get an insight into some of the things people experience when they’re rough sleeping night after-night  – such as cold temperatures, an uncomfortable bed and limited sleep. On the night, you can enjoy a packed programme live streamed via Facebook from 6pm, all hosted by Launchpad’s Patron and TV presenter Matt Allwright and BBC Radio’s Michelle ‘Babs’ Jordan.

Tune in for an interactive cooking challenge, instructions on how to make a crisp packet ground sheet, messages from Launchpad clients and live music. Don’t forget to join the conversation on social media where you can connect with other Big Sleep Out at home participants – and despite taking part virtually, you will still feel like you’re part of the #TeamLaunchpad community!

What is the registration fee and how much do I need to fundraise?

Registration for the Big Sleep Out is £20 per participant and if there is a group of four or more taking part at one location, you can purchase a group registration, which is £50.

We’re asking participants to raise £250 so we can reach our £60,000 target – and you can set up a JustGiving page to help you fundraise. We’ve also created a Big Sleep Out at home guide to help you spread the word about your challenge and plan for the night! You’ll also receive lots of support and resources from Launchpad’s fundraising team once you’ve signed up.

Your event pack

Each participant will receive a Big Sleep Out at home event pack shortly before the big night. It will contain lots of goodies to use at the event – including a programme, a Launchpad beanie or snood, refreshments for the evening and something to keep you warm!

Where can I find out more?

Check out our Big Sleep Out at home guide for more information – including how to sleep out safely, how to set up a JustGiving page and how you’ll be supporting people in housing crisis in Reading.

Our fundraising team are also on hand to chat with you about Big Sleep Out at home so if you have any questions – please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Email or call 0118 950 7656 and press 5.


9 - 10th - th October 2021


6:00 pm - 8:00 am


Your garden
Via Facebook Live