Would you sleep out of your comfort zone?
Join our annual Sleep Out on Friday 26th October, and help us to support homeless people off the streets, and onto a better chapter in their lives. Last year we helped 249 people into safe accommodation, but we rely on donations to make sure our vital work can continue.
WLM's Sleep Out is an opportunity for you to be sponsored by friends, family and contacts, sleeping out for one night so that others don't have to. Hosted in the secure gardens of St James's Church, Piccadilly, you get to safely experience a few of the challeges that homeless people have to face every night. We are not trying to replicate homelessness, but we hope it will help you to understand a little of what our homeless clients would have to endure without our support.
“I knew that the magic was here the moment I walked in. When you opened in the morning, it was just a relief… The project workers were confident that I was going to change my situation. Their confidence in me meant that I had a responsibility myself to get through this period.”
J, client at WLM Seymour Place, now living in private rented accommodation.
Our homeless clients at Seymour Place access:
- A drop-in service five mornings a week, including a hot breakfast, a shower, and clothing services
- an initial assessment by one of our Project Workers through a one-to-one interview and liaisons with benefits agency
- NHS Homeless Health Team (we have nurse on-site every day, and a podiatrist once a week)
- mental health services, opticians and drugs and alcohol support
- assistance with our Advice Service team to help them move in to accommodation
- resettlement support, and post-settlement care.
1517 different individuals were supported by the day centre
956 new client assessments completed
248 clients were helped into accommodation
776 users saw the on-site NHS Health Team
We are delighted to be hosting our annual Sleep Out at St James’s Church again. They are one of our venues, alongside twelve other churches of various denominations, a synagogue, and a mosque, in our WLM Night Shelter. This provides emergency accommodation for 15 rough sleepers in Westminster every night during the coldest months of the year. In 2016/17, we provided 54 rough sleepers with accommodation between October-May, 25 were moved into longer-term housing, and our team at Seymour Place helped 10 of our guests to get jobs.
On the night
We will provide hot refreshments and entertainment in the evening before we all bed down for the night, in the beautiful gardens. In the morning, breakfast will be served – just as it is in the night shelter – inside the church. This is a time for us all to come together and reflect on our experiences and thoughts of sleeping out the night before.
Support for Sleeping Out
We’re asking each participant to pledge to fundraise £350. By reaching this target, your sponsorship will pay for the resettlement support for one of our service users. You will receive dedicated fundraising support from our team, a WLM hoodie and an experience you’ll never forget. So thank you, for supporting more of our homeless clients by sleeping out of your comfort zone for one night.
You can also download our registration form and - along with your registration fee - send to: Chloe Harrison, Fundraising, WLM Seymour Place, 134-136 Seymour Place, London, W1H 1NT
Please contact our Events Officer Chloe on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7569 5902