Reading's Homeless Support Charity

Big Sleep Out 2016

Big Sleep Out 2016

The date is set for our 2016 Big Sleep Out.

BSO logo On Friday 19 August 7pm through to Saturday 20 August 7am we’re asking you to give up your bed for one night to help raise awareness of what life on the streets can be like.

Our annual Big Sleep Out aims to raise money and awareness of the realities of sleeping rough in the town. Every year people sign up to spend a night sleeping rough to try and understand what it is like for those who are homeless.

The Big Sleep Out will be held on Friday, August 19 and will run through to the morning of Saturday, August 20 at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham. Last year you raised over £15,000 and all money raised helped us support some of Reading’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people and help prevent homelessness in the town.

The evening

You’ll arrive for registration at 7pm with your sleeping bag and cardboard shelter, then pick your spot where you’ll try to get some sleep for BSO 2016 the night. You can browse the art and craft on show created by Launchpad clients. Then later on they’ll be entertainment from Launchpad clients, staff and supporters and a few words of support and thanks from our CEO Ian Caren. The Mayor will announce the results of the shelter building competition and then everyone will be encouraged to their bed of cardboard, concrete and a sleeping bag for the evening.

Ele Buckley Launchpad’s Event Manager says “our Big Sleep Out is very much a tiny insight into what it’s really like to sleep rough. Everyone is in the safe grounds of Queen Anne’s they have access to toilets and after 12 hours they head back to the comfort of their own homes and families. The reality of homelessness is sleeping out carries on night after night with no safe home to return to.”


Please complete the short registration form to register your interest and to take part:

Big Sleep Out registration form >

If you’d like more information before registering, call or email Ele Buckley on 0118 929 1146 email:

If you’re unable to join us on the night but would like to support the Big Sleep Out by donating: text ZZZZ19 £10 to 70070.

What we got up to in 2015

You can view all the photos from the Big Sleep Out 2015 here >

Meet Claire

Claire Big Sleep Out

‘I’d never realised how comfortable a bed & duvet was until after I’d slept on concrete for a night! It was an excellent way to raise awareness & it was a lovely event to be a part of.’

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