BIG SLEEP OUT NEWCASTLE - EVENT TERMS AND CONDITIONS
WHO IS ORGANISING THIS AND WHO IS IT FOR?
This event is organised by Michael Sutherland and a team from Jesmond Parish Church who wish to highlight the needs of homeless people in Newcastle and the good news that Jesus brings. We aim to raise the money to take 12 rough sleepers off the streets and give them a bed for the month of December. It is open to everyone!
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
The event doesn’t replicate rough sleeping, but will give you an idea of the situation those who are homeless find themselves in.
The event had been planned to take place in the Civic Centre Gardens. UPDATE (29/11/18) - DUE TO THE WEATHER WE ARE RELOCATING TO THE GROUNDS OF JESMOND PARISH CHURCH.
Toilet access will be provided. There will also be a programme reflecting the Christian faith of the organisers – including interviews and music. The event will take place outdoors and will therefore be very cold and possibly wet.
WHAT ARE THE TIMINGS?
The site will be open to participants who are under 18 and their accompanying adults from 3pm on Saturday 1st December. Under 16’s will only be permitted to take part if accompanied by a parent/guardian. 16-18’s will need parental consent to attend and will need to provide emergency contact details. All under 18’s must leave by 6pm on Saturday 1st December. Parents will need to judge what length of time will be suitable for their children to take part.
UPDATE (29/11/18): THE EVENT FOR THOSE OVER 18 WILL NOW BEGIN AT 8:30PM ON SAT 1 DEC. You are free to leave whenever you like. We do, however, need everyone off site by 8am on Sunday 2nd December.
WHO CAN TAKE PART?
Only registered participants may take part in the event. Participants under the age of 16 must accompanied at all times by a parent/guardian who takes full responsibility for them.
WHAT ABOUT SAFETY?
Participants must make sure they are prepared for all adverse weather conditions and that they are well enough to complete the event.
Participants are fully responsible for their own safety and are expected to make careful decisions and exercise good judgement
Participants must always obey the instructions of the event organisers. Anyone causing disruption or refusing to comply with instructions will be required to leave the event.
Glass, alcohol or drugs will not be permitted on the site. Any use of these substances will result in immediate removal of the participant from the event.
Fires are not allowed. Smoking will only be permitted in a designated area.
There are no lockers or secure storage, so any valuables will be brought at your own risk.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?
It is your responsibility to bring with you the following items:
Food and drink
Warm Sleeping Bag and (optional) a pillow. We recommend a 3-4 season sleeping bag suitable for autumn/winter camping.
Warm clothes: Multiple thin layers are the key to staying warm. A thermal layer, long sleeve, jumper, warm winter coat and waterproof are recommended as a minimum (bring more layers than you think you need), as well as a hat, scarf and gloves.
Sleeping Mat and umbrella. There is a high probability of wet weather so please make sure you bring suitable waterproof clothes and covering such as a bivvy bag.
A torch: There will be lights, but the site does get dark after lights out.
None of the above will be supplied by organisers. If you are planning to stay overnight, you will not be permitted to do so without the above items.
HOW DO I REGISTER?
In order to take part, you must register online by Thursday 29th November.
UPDATE (29/11/18): THIS HAS NOW BEEN EXTENDED TO MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY 30TH NOVEMBER.
There is no charge to take part, but we ask every participant to raise a minimum of £20 – the cost of keeping one homeless person off the street for one night. You agree to pay all sponsorship money as soon as possible (and within two weeks of the event at the latest).
Once you have signed up, please notify us if you are no longer able to attend.
HOW WILL THE MONEY BE USED?
The money raised will be used to take 12 rough sleepers off the streets and give them a bed for the month of December. Any excess will be used to provide further support and help to homeless people in Newcastle.
HAVE A QUESTION THAT ISN'T ANSWERED HERE?
Contact the Big Sleep Out team and they’ll be happy to help.