A staple part of our fundraising since 2010, Sleep Easy has seen more than 7,000 people sleep rough to raise over £1.5m for local YMCA services that help young people rebuild their lives.

YMCAs are asking supporters to sleep out, so others don’t have to, by taking part in special Sleep Easy events all over England and Wales. In ordinary times, this would have involved groups and individuals meeting at a YMCA, building cardboard shelters, sharing the evening outside, and together experiencing the harsh realities of life on the streets.

The challenges of running an event like this during the current pandemic are many, however, they do not compare to the difficulties that young homeless people are battling every single day.

For more than a decade the public has been sleeping out to raise money for YMCA and this year we are asking you to do the same but with a twist. Whether it is sleeping on your sofas, floors, or armchairs in your home, or if you are able to brace the weather in tents in your garden. YMCA would like you to raise as much as you can to support our vital work helping young people with nowhere left to turn.

While we cannot be together for Sleep Easy, we can still help save young people’s lives. For one night only, will you join us and make a difference?

YMCA England & Wales have also produced a briefing note which sets out the current state of homelessness across the country as well as new insights into how young people who are homeless feel the public perceive them.

While YMCA Scarborough doesn’t currently provide housing we are actively pursuing ways that we can support homeless young people in our local community as well as providing a strong community that will provide young people with skills to give them a head start on life.

Watch us on twitch.tv/ymcascarborough for the best experience!

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Brad & Owen

Brad & Owen have been providing regular social media content as part of a project to improve social inclusion during the pandemic. They have accepted the challenge from our Theatre Manager to take part in Sleep Easy 2021.


They will be sleeping in the car park of the YMCA, completely socially distanced & COVID secure of course. They will be going live at portions throughout the night to host and connect everyone who agrees to take part.



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Join In Yourself!

While we can’t be together this year we want you to get involved!

On 26th March 2021, from 7pm until 7am, sleep somewhere other than your bed. This could be a sofa, the floor, or if you’re brave in your garden. Anywhere which is safe and following COVID guidance.


To register your interest to take part for YMCA Scarborough please complete this form:

To register your interest to take part for YMCA England & Wales please click here