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HARP is the independent Southend based charity that reduces homelessness by providing essential services, emergency housing and long term solutions. This enables people to rebuild their lives and live independently in the community.

HARP is a registered provider of social housing number: 4742  /  Registered Charity Number: 1098126

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SLEEP OUT SO OTHERS
DON'T HAVE TO!
 
On or around Saturday 12th October 2019
All across South Essex
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The Really Big South Essex Sleepout is back!
Last year’s Really Big South Essex Sleep Out raised over £9,000 for Southend’s Homeless Charity, HARP, to support local people taking steps to overcome homelessness for good.

This year, The Really Big South Essex Sleep Out is going to be even bigger and better, and once again we're calling on the good people of South Essex to take part!

You can choose to brave the elements with just a sleeping bag, or get the tent out and camp in the garden with the whole family. Either way, make a night of it and raise money for local homeless people as you sleep! And if you're a local school, you can benefit from a special Sleep Out Assembly, before taking part in the event. 
HARP, based in Southend, is a charity that believes everyone should have a place to call their own, and that no one should be sleeping on the streets in this day and age.
We provide a comprehensive service to help single homeless people get back on their feet and live independently in the community. 
The money you raise through your Sleep Out will go towards helping local homeless people in Southend and the surrounding areas.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up today for FREE to receive your Welcome Pack!
 

HOW IT WORKS

You can choose to brave the elements with just a sleeping bag, or get the tent out and camp in the garden. Either way, make a night of it and raise money for local homeless people as you sleep!
Here's how it works in 5 easy steps...

1

Register for free to host your own Sleep Out on or around Saturday 12th October 2019. Give your event a name and, if you wish, add it to our map

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We'll send you a FREE Welcome Pack containing wrist bands, sponsorship forms, tips for the big night, fundraising ideas and lots more! 

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Plan your Sleep Out, promote it on social media, invite your friends and family, get sponsored, and make sure you get plenty of rest in the run up!

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The Big Day - On or around Saturday 12th October, hold your Sleep Out and raise as much money as possible for local homeless people!

Send us your photos and the money you have raised! 

 

WHAT YOU GET

When you sign up for The Really Big South Essex Sleep Out you will receive your very own FREE Welcome Pack to help you plan your Sleep Out, raise money and most importantly have a great time on the night.
In the post we'll send you your FREE Welcome Pack containing...
Wrist bands!
Sponsorship forms!
Activities!
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Then, after the big night, every Sleep Out that raises over £50 will receive a Sleep Out Survivor T-Shirt, and everyone who returns sponsorship money will receive a certificate. And the local school that raises the most money will receive a Sleep Out Champions trophy! Don't forget to tell us which school to allocate your Sleep Out funds to when you sign up!
A t-shirt for Sleep Outs that raise £50!
A Sleep Out Certificate!
Trophy for Sleep Out Champion School!
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You'll also get the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a real difference to homeless people in Southend. 
HOW COULD YOUR SLEEP OUT CHANGE THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO FIND THEMSELVES HOMELESS IN ESSEX?
 
£10 could provide a warm meal and help cover the cost of a two night stay at our emergency night shelter.
£20 will help to give somebody the chance to talk through their problems with a professional support worker. A conversation with a project worker at HARP can change somebody's life forever.
 
£45 could help provide a Home Starter Pack to help a local homeless person get back on their feet and rebuild their lives for a brighter future. 
 

ABOUT HARP

HARP is the independent charity based in Southend reducing homelessness by providing essential services, emergency housing and long term solutions - enabling people to rebuild their lives and return to independent living.
In the last 5 years, we've helped over 5,000 people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Southend. We help people with things like advice, support or a hot meal.

We also have the capacity to house over 200 people in our emergency accommodation, hostels and flats across the town, and the aim is always to give people like Vicky the confidence and skills to move on to independent accommodation. 
 
“Alcohol blurs your vision for everything. Nothing is achievable. Nothing is possible. I’d been in abusive relationships and I drank to numb the pain. I stopped drinking after my children got put into foster care.”
 
When Vicky came to HARP she was already sober but had been sofa-surfing, going from one friend’s sofa to another and sometimes staying with family. When she found herself without anywhere else to go, HARP found space for her in White Heather House, our accommodation just for women.
“I now realise that anything is possible. I’ve made life-long friends and the staff have been absolutely brilliant. Coming to HARP is the best thing I ever did.”
Vicky is now attending college and wants to study counselling. Best of all, she is ready to move out of HARP and into a new home with her children and is actively searching for somewhere to call home.
 
All of this is only possible thanks to people like you supporting campaigns like The Really Big South Essex Sleep Out. Thank you for your support!
EVERY £5 RAISED DURING THE REALLY BIG SOUTH ESSEX SLEEP OUT WILL HELP
MAKE SURE SOMEONE LIKE VICKY HAS A BED FOR THE NIGHT.
We'll make sure we spend all the money raised wisely. In the year ending March 2019, for every £1 we spent, 94p went directly on our front line services, helping people like Vicky get back on their feet. This compares well to most large charities, who tend to spend just 80p per £1 on front line services.