Whichever option you choose, you'll be changing lives whilst you sleep and making a positive difference towards supporting our local homeless community.
So, will you accept the challenge? Find out more about The Big Sleep Out below...
What is the Big Sleep Out?
The idea is for participants to get sponsored to sleep outside for just one night in order to raise valuable funds and awareness for the homeless. The funds raised go towards the accommodation and support services Arc provides for the homeless in Somerset. Whilst our event will show some of the harsh realities of rough sleeping, we do not intend to replicate it. The event is a safe, fun and eye opening experience suitable for everyone.
When and Where is the Big Sleep Out?
The Big Sleep Out will be take place on the evening of Friday 10th June through to the following Saturday morning. The location is up to you - either join us in our car park at The Crescent, Taunton to take part in the event as a large group or choose the 'virtual' option and sleep out in your own garden. Find out more about what each option would look like by reading on!
Who can take part?
Everyone! As long as your health allows you to safely sleep outside for the night. We have had people of all ages take part in our past sleep outs, from 4 years old to 84 years old! You can do it alone or as a group - with your family, housemates, colleagues - it's up to you! Whether your choose to do it at The Crescent or at home, there will be a community of us doing this together and opportunity to chat to others taking part, either online or in person. Plus, it's only £5 to take part which helps to cover the costs of the event, but you will get this refunded if you raise over £100 with your fundraising!
How do I get involved?
We'd love for you to join us and signing up is simple! You'll need to fill out a registration form and you can either do this online by clicking here, or you can download a registration form at the bottom of this page and return it to us by post or email.
If it's easier for you, we are happy to email or post the forms to you - please just contact Alice Hannon on [email protected] / 07852947954.
Once you're registered, we'll send you further information, sponsorship forms and help you to set up a Just Giving page to raise those all important funds. It's never too early to start raising money!
The question is - will you sleep out at home or join us in our car park? Let's look at your options below:
Sleeping Out in Arc's Car Park:
We are SO excited to be inviting sleepers back into our car park!
Participants choosing this option will join us at our head office car park on The Crescent in Taunton so we can sleep under the stars together. It is a great opportunity to come together as a community and there is always a great atmosphere, with opportunity to meet others including Arc staff, volunteers and clients.
At our 'in person' event, you can enjoy live music from local artists, delicious food and hot drinks throughout the evening, before we settle down in our sleeping bags. There are toilet facilities and security present during the night so whilst this is the more 'authentic' option, we do ensure everyone is kept safe and well. It has always been a family friendly event! Please note that we do not allow tents at our car park based event.
Sleep Out At Home:
We have run 'virtual sleep outs' for the past 2 years and they've been a great way for participants to get involved from their own back gardens! Instead of joining us in our car park, you take part in you own space away from bed, whether that's your garden, a garage or even your kitchen floor if you don't have an outdoor space - get creative!
For our at home participants, we provide a live stream of entertainment during the evening with the opportunity to chat with other participants, Arc staff and clients.
Whichever option you choose, we are so grateful for your participation and can't wait to connect with you either online or in-person on Friday 10th June. Please make sure you fill in a registration form online here or use our downloadable form here.
If you can't join in but want to help:
Thank you. We understand the big sleep out isn't suitable for everyone but we'd love to have your support! By making a donation on our Big Sleep Out Just Giving page, you'll be sponsoring those who are giving up their beds for the night as well as helping those who are suffering with homelessnes and need Arc's support.
Click here to see photos of last year's Virtual Big Sleep Out