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Open Door St Albans

St Albans Sleepout 2023

The aim of the St Albans Sleepout is to raise awareness of homelessness in Hertfordshire, to come together as a community for the community.
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The Open Door night shelter on Bricket Road can accommodate 12 people year round, but for the sixth winter running the charity will provide extra beds throughout the coldest season. This year the charity will be partnering with Emmaus, St Saviours and St Albans Council to deliver the project.

The Winter Beds Project provides people who would otherwise be rough sleeping with self contained sleeper cabins. Each cabins provides secure, Covid safe accommodation with heating, electricity and en-suite facilities. Guests of the project are supported to find secure accommodation to move on to by the rough sleeper outreach team. Last year the project ran from December through to the beginning of April and accommodated 17 people, 11 of which moved on to secure accommodation.

David Lane, Chair of the Open Door Board of Trustees commented:

Rough sleeping at any time of year is not a choice but in the harsh weather over winter it is something to be avoided at all costs. In order to tackle this problem and using our wonderful volunteers, Open Door will once again be opening its Winter Beds Project, providing overnight accommodation and breakfast to those who otherwise would be sleeping rough, in the open and exposed to the elements. We can only do this with the financial support of the people of St Albans to whom I and the Trustees give our heartfelt thanks.

With your help, we can make the sleepout on Friday 10th November 2023 a huge success and make a real difference to vulnerable people across Hertfordshire this winter.

So come and join us for an evening of music, entertainment, workshops, and a bit of a reality check, to see what life is like for some of our service users. This will be the most memorable thing you will do this winter!

If you would like to take part in our Sleepout but would like to stay at home, then why not take part in our virtual Sleepout! All you need to do is pitch a tent in your garden, make a bed out of cardboard, or even build a den. It is completely up to you how you wish to sleepout and you can be as creative as you like, as long as you are away from the comforts of your own bed.

There is no cost to take part or a minimum fundraising target, we just ask you raise as much as you can. Fundraising contributions make a real difference to the lives of people in crisis who are either homeless or facing homelessness.

So what are you waiting for? Round up a group of friends, family or colleagues and sign up today and raise money to support homeless people in Hertfordshire!

About the charity

Open Door St Albans

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RCN 1028528
Open Door, has supported over 7,000 people who have experienced homelessness and been at risk of sleeping rough. The Charity funds the outreach and counselling services. We also run the Winter Beds Project each year, providing emergency Winter accommodation to ensure nobody needs to sleep rough.

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