Homelessness is on the increase (rough sleeping has seen an annual rise of 15%; 169% increase since 2010), and there is an ever-growing demand for accommodation with support to help people out of the cycle of homelessness.

In 2016, over 13,000 people aged 16-24 were accepted as homeless across England. However, many young people who become estranged from their families would not show up in any statistics, making the true scale of youth homelessness difficult to estimate. Rough sleeping across England has continued to rise and those working with the homeless locally have observed a worrying increase across Cheltenham and Gloucester.

At YMCA CHELTENHAM we host the largest annual sleep out event in Cheltenham - Sleep Easy - and we have raised over £60,000 since its launch in 2013.  The money raised has helped us provide more than 1,600 bed nights every week for those who are homeless or who need a safe, affordable place to stay (over 85,000 bed nights each year).  Every night this winter, YMCA Cheltenham, together with our partners, are will be providing a safe place to stay for people who are rough sleeping in Cheltenham.

YMCA Cheltenham provides a range of support through our own team of specialist workers. Our team is on hand providing 24-hour support for our residents, many of whom have complex needs. Our residents are given help to develop their own, individual support plan, and are encouraged to access a range of activities designed to help them become independent and reach their full potential.

A growing problem

Homelessness has been growing and if current predictions are to be believed, the problem is not going to disappear any time soon. We need your support to enable us to continue to provide a safe home and hope for the future to every one who needs it. We want to ensure that no one in Gloucestershire is forced to sleep rough and we know that with your help we can achieve this dream, growing our services in line with the growing trend in homelessness, and providing support to everyone who needs it.   

How can you help?

On Friday 6th March 2020, YMCA Cheltenham will be holding Cheltenham's 8th annual Sleep Easy event, part of a nationwide campaign by the YMCA where people across the country sleep rough for one night to raise money for their local YMCA. You can book a place for Sleep Easy 2020 HERE (scroll down to the bottom of the Event page and find 'Book a place').

Not taking part - then please donate!

  • If you would like to sponsor an individual fundraiser taking part in Sleep Easy please click here.
  • If you would like to donate to the Sleep Easy Appeal click the Donate button 
Check out the Sleep Easy Gallery