Sleep Out 2018 – A night under the stars!

What's involved

Sleeping out for the night might be fun, but for many people this is every night reality! CHESS Homeless works to relieve homelessness and hardship amongst single adults in Chelmsford and Essex through the provision of support services and temporary accommodation.

CHESS provides a 7 bedroom night shelter along with shared move on accommodation. Here we provide a safe place to stay along with a hot meal, drinks, hygiene/laundry facilities, support workers and a counsellor. With our shared housing we can support up to 30 individuals at any one time.

We aim to support individuals from the moment they step through the door into our night shelter until they move on into their own independent accommodation.

During the Winter months we run our Winter project, providing the many rough sleepers with food, drinks, sleeping bags and a bed for the night, normally in one of the local church halls.

Every year CHESS hosts its own Sleep Out in the grounds of Chelmsford Cathedral and last year’s participants raised over £16,000 for us.

This year we would like to raise even more and make it even bigger. Therefore, why not join us and experience what it is like to sleep rough for a night.

Anyone can take part, however people under 18 cannot take part individually. A responsible adult must complete the registration for minors either on line or on the night and accompany them for the sleep out.

By getting involved, you will help CHESS to support more people on a journey towards moving away from homelessness, from getting off the streets, to living in a new home and learning new skills and securing employment. The money you raise will help vulnerable local people to live independently and help CHESS reach their aims in continuing to change lives.

How to take part

When:  Friday 30th November – Saturday 1st December

Where:   Chelmsford Cathedral

Time:    7.30pm – 7.30am

Registration is free for the event and we would encourage you to pre-register your place in advance. If you do not wish to pre-register you can just turn up on the night and register.

We ask that you raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship or more if you can.

For a small fee of £5.00 per person you are welcome to join us from 7.30pm for a delicious hot meal of either Chicken Curry, Rice and Pompadoms, Chilli Con Carne & Rice or Vegetable Curry & Rice, which also includes hot drinks.

We will be holding a raffle on the evening to help with raising even more funds towards CHESS, so please support our raffle by buying some tickets.  There will be some lovely prizes which would have been donated from various individuals and organisations.

Download our sponsor form here and get friends, family and work colleagues to sponsor you for a night under the stars. Alternatively set up your own fundraising page via btmydonate.

Download our Sleep Out information sheet here.

If  you can not make our sleep out then why not:
Host your own Teddy Bear Sleep Out
Schools and Kids Clubs

Our very own mascot, Chessney Bear is asking for the support of schools and clubs to take part in the Teddy Bear Sleep Out.

The Teddy Bear Sleep Out may take any form you like from sleeping the bears on the school field, in the playground or tents in your school hall. Or if you are a club i.e Cubs/Browines you might like to get a group of you together and sleep out yourselves.

Once you have registered you will be able to download your very own event pack including, “This Bear Belongs To Labels”, Worksheets, Letters and Sponsor Forms.

If you sign up your school before October half term, your school are welcome to book a visit from our very own mascot Chessney Bear (subject to availability).

The school who raises the most amount of money from their Teddy Bear Sleep Out will receive a framed certificate for taking part and raising the most amount of money along with a trophy inscribed with your school name to be in possession of for the following year.

Host your own Sleep Out
Families, Work Places, Youth Groups and Clubs

If you can’t make our “Sleep Out” then why not get a group of friends, family or work colleagues together and host your own sleep out event anytime during the month of November.

Decide on a suitable date and safe venue and make it lots of fun whilst raising awareness of homelessness. You can set your own target! and raise as much sponsorship as you can.

To host your own sleep out you need to provide:-

  • A safe place in a property owned by your organisation or somewhere your group has the right to be.
  • The appropriate insurance, a full risk assessment and first aid provisions (with first aider on site).
  • Permission forms for all attendees under 18
  • The correct ratio of qualified adults to under 18’s