Since our first Sleep Out in 1993, over 2,000 people have participated in one of our Sleep Out events, collectively raising over half a million pounds towards our services for local young people affected by homelessness.
In 1993, the first year of the Rock Trust Sleep Out, thanks to our amazing fundraisers and an anonymous donation from an individual, we secured our first flat for homeless young people. This formed the basis of our Bedrock accommodation service, which we still provide today.
25 years later, as a direct result of the passion of our Sleep Out participants and all those who have donated, we are helping over 400 young people every year.
We now offer homeless young people long-term accommodation in 43 flats.
Every week 10 young people receive advice and crisis support to help them avoid homelessness, or move on from living in temporary accommodation.
Every week 6 young people are provided with health & wellbeing support including art therapy
Every week 12 young people access our drop-in groups– learning new skills including cooking, cv-writing, upcycling, film-making, and music.
Because of our supporters we have the confidence to be bold, to be innovative, and go further than ever before in our commitment to young people.
In the last year:
We have provided permanent, unconditional homes to 5 young care-leavers through our Housing First for Youth pilot.
We have helped 4 young people secure a private tenancy through our new Rent Deposit Scheme.
We have provided 278 safe night’s sleep to young people in crisis through our Nightstop project.
It is because of the dedication and passion of our community that our annual Sleep Outs have grown year on year, enabling us to shine a spotlight on the specific challenges facing homeless young people, whilst raising vital funds for our front line work.
Have you taken part? You are one of the many individuals who make our work possible, and we want to hear from you. If you have participated in a Rock Trust Sleep Out, get in touch. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your story or photos. We will be collating archived footage, photos and memories to create a ’25 Years of Sleep Out’ exhibition to take place later in the year.
Our trustee, Alex Smith, is the first to share her experiences. Long before becoming a trustee of the Rock Trust, Alex took part in 1995 with her flatmates when she was still at University. Speaking about her experience all those years ago, Alex said, ‘The Rock Trust Sleep Out is one of my stand out memories from university days – it was a meaningful way for our group of friends to get some perspective on our own lives and a better appreciation of the difficulties faced by those forced onto the streets. We did have fun despite the cold, and most importantly we raised awareness and funds to help ensure other young people didn’t end up sleeping rough.”