A staple part of our fundraising since 2010, Sleep Easy has seen more than 7,000 people sleep rough to raise over £1.5m for local YMCA services that help young people rebuild their lives.

YMCAs are asking supporters to sleep out, so others don’t have to, by taking part in special Sleep Easy events all over England and Wales. In ordinary times, this would have involved groups and individuals meeting at a YMCA, building cardboard shelters, sharing the evening outside, and together experiencing the harsh realities of life on the streets.

The challenges of running an event like this during the current pandemic are many, however, they do not compare to the difficulties that young homeless people are battling every single day.

For more than a decade the public has been sleeping out to raise money for YMCA and this year we are asking you to do the same but with a twist. Whether it is sleeping on your sofas, floors, or armchairs in your home, or if you are able to brace the weather in tents in your garden. YMCA would like you to raise as much as you can to support our vital work helping young people with nowhere left to turn.

While we cannot be together for Sleep Easy, we can still help save young people’s lives. For one night only, will you join us and make a difference?

For more information and to get involved please complete this short form below and a member of the team will be in touch about how you can change a young person’s life.

YMCA England & Wales have also produced a briefing note which sets out the current state of homelessness across the country as well as new insights into how young people who are homeless feel the public perceive them.


One night can make a lifetime of difference.

Sleep Easy Event – 26 March 2021, 7 pm onwards

This challenge event is asking you to spend one night sleeping somewhere other than your bed, all to raise vital funds to help us tackle the root causes of youth homelessness.

Taking place on Friday 26 March, it’s easy to get involved! Just grab a sleeping bag and sleep somewhere other than your bed – such as your garden, lounge, hallway or other safe space.

Register your interest

Click below to register your interest and we will be in touch with more information about this year’s Sleep Easy. If there is a local YMCA taking part in the event we will pass on your details to them so they can reach out to you.