News and events Events St Albans Sleep Out 2022 Join us for the St Albans Sleepout on Friday 11th November 2022 to support The Living Room and to raise awareness of homelessness in Hertfordshire. Sleepout so a homeless person doesn't have to Are you willing to brave a night in the cold to support The Living Room and to help fight homelessness and its causes? Then join us at the 2022 St Albans Sleepout. St Albans Sleepout is an annual event that raises money for charities that help the homeless in Hertfordshire. The Living Room is proud to join four other charities - Centre 33, Emmaus, Herts Young Homeless (hyh) and Open Door as an official supporter of St Albans Sleepout 2022. Addiction and homelessness Drug or alcohol misuse often play a part in a person's experience of homelessness. National homeless charity, Crisis, reports that 27% of its clients reported problematic drug/alcohol use. Two thirds of homeless people cite drug or alcohol use as a reason for first becoming homeless. Those who use drugs are seven times more likely to be homeless. For many of our clients, recovery from addiction is the first step in their way out of homelessness. Help us in our fight against addiction and homelessness by taking part in St Albans Sleepout. Register your interest and we'll send you a registration form. You can then download a sponsorship form and begin a fundraising page on our website. Find out more here. Further information Venue Info Parking available on site Hot drinks and soup will be available throughout the night Toilets are available inside the college Security and first aiders will be around all night In the event of poor weather, inside space will be available for sleepers. Essentials for the night Sleeping bag Cardboard/groundsheet/camping mat Blanket Lots of layers of clothing to keep warm Hat, scarf & gloves Waterproofs Torch Snacks Bin bag for your rubbish Registration and sponsorship forms Please do not bring Alcohol Tents Footballs Dogs Age Restrictions Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who will be responsible for their care during the event. Children over the age of 11 (school year 7) are welcome from organisations such as scouts, schools or church youth groups but must be accompanied by a minimum of two adult leaders over 21 who are DBS checked. For groups of more than 16 young people, an extra leader will be required for each additional 12 young people. Adult leaders accompanying the group must be present at all times throughout the event and in the ratios stipulated. For mixed gender groups there should preferably be one leader of each gender. Group leaders will be fully responsible at all times for the young people in their care and must bring the completed official registration forms. Each young person must bring a completed sleepout registration form giving parental and medical consent. Children over the age of 11 (school year 7) may attend as part of a one-off group. E.g. where parents supervise friends’ or relatives' young people as well as their own. Here no DBS registration is possible for leaders, but all other rules apply. Registration Fill out the individual registration form. Print your sponsorship form or come into one of our hubs to collect it. Registration starts at 9 pm and will finish at approximately 10:30 pm but if you arrive after this time someone will be around to register you. Remeber to bring your sponsorship forms with you!