Please note, Street Sleep Southampton 2020 has been postponed in light of government advice regarding Coronavirus. Click here for more information. Please see below for updated details. 

Sleep outside with us for one night to make a lifetime’s difference for vulnerable young people.

By raising sponsorship and taking part in Street Sleep, you will help make a lifetime’s difference to young people who don’t have the same opportunities in life that most of us take for granted, such as a safe place to live, good health, or support from a loving family.

When: Friday 2nd October

Where: on the Esplanade, Westquay Southampton

Time: 6pm – 6am


A group of wonderful individuals will sleep under the stars and the bars, all to raise funds to support vulnerable young people.

The evening is set out to be truly inspiring with a great atmosphere and, most importantly, raising awareness of the difference we can make together. You can help vulnerable young people have a healthy, happy future by signing up to take part, or donating now.

Food and beverages will be provided and a chance to bed down for the evening allowing time to reflect on how your achievement has made a difference. You too can help make a lifetime’s difference for vulnerable young people like Darryl.

Darryl’s story

Darryl portrait

My early childhood was problematic. I was shuffled from pillar to post in the care system for three or four years. I also struggled with ADHD. I had various medications to try and control what I now consider to be behaviour that stemmed from those early years in care and it’s something that’s followed me right into my adult life. I’m very hyperactive and impulsive and never thought about my actions before I’ve done them. I ended up homeless, in a very toxic relationship, and because of the homelessness I couldn’t leave, it took me 7 years to get away.

I’ve been in and out of work since I was 19, never really held on to anything. Since coming to the YMCA I’m proud to have been in my current job for 9 months because I’m able to make better decisions. For instance, ‘shall I stay up and have a drink?’… ‘no, Darryl’s got to go to bed, he’s got work tomorrow’. That’s what the YMCA has done for me, it’s made me realise that I can do the tiny little baby steps forward. I want to improve my life. I don’t want to sit and let any more of it disappear.

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering for Street Sleep 2020, please email Corin Ball at [email protected] to find out more.

We know sleeping out in a box isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but some people still want to be part of the magic that is Street Sleep Southampton.

If you are taking part in this amazing event and want to bring along your family and friends to enjoy the entertainment, atmosphere and help you set up your shelter for the night, then bring them along from 6pm till 9pm there will be plenty of tea, coffee and cake to go around.

All we ask is that each person makes a minimum £5 donation so that all of us together can contribute to positive futures for vulnerable young people. 

Sign up for your evening tickets HERE