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YMCA Cambridge Sleep Easy

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 19:15 Cambridge University Rugby Club Cambridge

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the Cambridge YMCA Sleep Easy event next Friday, 20 March. We are working to finalise a new date ASAP and all tickets will be automatically transferred to this new date once that is confirmed. If you would like a refund, please do get in touch and we can facilitate this for you.

In addition, all funds raised so far will carry over to the new rescheduled event. If you’re unable to take part in the new event and would like to offer your sponsors a refund, please do let us know and we can support you with this.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Please know this has not been an easy decision but we are keen to prioritise the safety and health of our valued supporters, as well as that of the wider general public.

We hope that you will also join us in sparing a thought for those living on the streets of Cambridge, for whom ‘cancelling’ rough sleeping is not an option.

Thank you once again for your support. We will make arrangements to re-arrange the Cambridge Sleep Easy event for later this year and will get back to you as soon as we’ve fixed a date.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Paul Nanson.

The Event

The Sleep Easy event will take place at Cambridge University Rugby Club, Grange Road in Cambridge, this year in partnership with national property industry charity, LandAid, and with thanks to our headline sponsors, Urban & Civic and Howard Group.

The aim of the event is simple: participants spend a night challenging themselves to sleep outside, in the biting cold, raising money to help change the lives of vulnerable young people and in doing so raising awareness of the issues around youth homelessness. All of the money raised will go directly to giving young people in Cambridge at risk of homelessness the training, support and encouragement they need to get a job, and to get on with their lives. All of the money raised from the event will go directly to supporting YMCA’s Access to Employment Service (A2E) in Cambridge.

You’ll do this by helping fund our outstanding Access 2 Employment (A2E) project. We support young people at the YMCA in the city by successfully helping them into permanent, sustainable employment, and preventing the risk of homelessness.

To do this staff work with young people on both their practical and emotional skills. Practically they work on CVs, job searches, interview techniques, completing application forms and the actual arrangements for the job interview. Just as importantly they also work on the emotional skills, self-confidence & self-belief, motivation, working with others, how to deal with issues and building resilience.

By focussing on getting and sustaining employment, young people can start to build an independent life in their own accommodation, a key factor in preventing homelessness. Access 2 Employment has been a major contributor in helping young people become economic contributors . Currently this project only works part-time. With your support we can extend the number of people we work with and extend the offer to other organisations working with young people in the city.

Since the project launched in January 2015, it has engaged with over 1,000 people, written, updated and strengthened 600 CVs and seen 296 people enter employment, education or training.

You can download all the relevant materials for the night here

LandAid is proud to partner with the YMCA on their Sleep Easy event this year. The YMCA works tirelessly to support the most vulnerable in our society and Sleep Easy will be a chance for us to become stronger in partnership. The event will bring people from all walks, including leading property professionals from the region, to build cardboard shelters and to spend a night under the stars to raise money and to highlight the increasing issue of homelessness in the region.

Each year LandAid funds valuable accommodation for young homeless people right across the country, and it is only by working with local charities such as the YMCA that we are able to support these young people to move forward with their lives.