Taking place on Friday 17th November, at The Kia Oval, The Big Sleep Out will challenge you to abandon your comfort zone to support Big Issue vendors.
Big Issue Foundation supporters will be bedding down in the stands of the Kia Oval stadium, following an evening of discussion, a musical performance and a film screening. The evening aims to give interested supporters a better understanding of the challenges faced by Big Issue vendors on the street and in their journey away from the poverty. You’ll be raising funds to support Big Issue vendors to take control over their own lives.
"It was such an amazing fundraiser. I now feel as though all misconceptions have been cleared up and I have a far better understanding of how exactly the charity helps its vendors, and I have so much respect for them. To be able to pick yourself up and be so determined to better their situations in any way they can is very courageous and inspiring!"
Former Big Sleep Out Participant
As well as a venue change to The Kia Oval, this year’s Big Sleep Out has an exciting line-up for the evening. We are delighted to announce that The Adam Street Singers will be returning after a hugely popular performance at The Big Sleep Out in 2015, and have since become one of the UK's leading show choirs.
The panel discussion with former and current Big Issue vendors will return, but this time Big Issue vendors will be involved from across the UK.
We will also be screening ‘Sleeping Rough', a community-based film raising awareness of street homelessness in the UK. The docu-drama film is the product of over a year's worth of interviews with rough sleepers, members of the homeless community living in hostels and shelters, charity leaders and local council members. It follows three different characters, looking at how each of them becomes homeless, the struggles they face whilst sleeping on the street, and what 'ways out' there are.
This year, The Big Sleep Out is being sponsored by Rant and Rave, who provide customer feedback and communications solutions:
"We’re thrilled to be giving our Raving support and donning our sleeping bags for The Big Sleep Out this year. The Big Issue Foundation is a great cause doing vital work and we’re proud to have our name attached to something making such a fundamental difference to those who need it most." Kenny Bain, CEO, Rant & Rave
If you want to get involved with this unique and thought-provoking event, find out more and sign up here. Places are extremely limited and last year’s event sold in advance so we recommend signing up fast to avoid disappointment!
It costs £25 to register (or £100 for a team of 5) and the fundraising target is an achievable £350 per person. You will get plenty of fundraising support to help you reach this target, and have plenty of time to do so.
By taking part you will be showing support, building awareness and raising much needed funds for The Big Issue Foundation. We help Big Issue vendors access vital housing, reconnect with family and loved ones, improve their personal health and well-being and access training and development that will lead to a new career.
We hope you’ll be able to join us for what promises to be another very special Big Sleep Out!