Big Sleep Out - 7th December
Stormont Estate, Northern Ireland
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The Belfast event will take place at Stormont Estate on the 7th December 2019. 100% of the funds raised from this event will go towards registered charities helping homeless and displaced people.
If you would like to get in touch regarding the Belfast event, please email us at [email protected]
will support the local organisations listed below.
will go towards supporting people displaced internationally.
Local Charity Beneficiaries
Depaul is a charity helping people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
Depaul believes homelessness has no place.
We exist to serve homeless individuals or families at risk, caught in the spiral of homelessness, deprived of all control of their lives, when every door is closed to them. Depaul is there because we believe they deserve help to rebuild their lives and progress to a positive future
We approach this:
With compassion and a willingness to do whatever it takes no matter what. With expertise and professionalism so the most excluded homeless people get the help they deserve and are not overlooked or ignored. We don't stop there; we innovate when services are needed. We advocate for hard-to-reach groups and are willing to take risks to make sure the services exist for homeless people
We want to end homelessness and change lives
Depaul is a cross-border organisation working in 4 main areas of service provision;
Homelessness and vulnerable families services
Homelessness prevention services
Homeless addiction services
Homelessness and criminal justice services
Depaul shares close links with the SVP as one of our founding partners but we are a separate charity addressing homelessness.
Saturday 7th December 2019
Event Open Time
Doors CLOSE 21:00 (9pm)
How do I get there?
● You can drive to the event, parking will be provided on site.
● Enter via Massey Avenue.
● Bus number 20 from Belfast city centre stops nearby Massey Avenue
Who can attend?
Only participants who have pre-registered and raised sponsorship may attend with the ticket issued in their name. Unfortunately, we will not be able to admit anyone without a ticket who hasn’t registered and it is not possible for participants to bring guests with them. Over 18s only.
How much do I need to raise to take part?
The World’s Big Sleep Out aims to collectively raise €50,000,000 worldwide and the event in Stormont Estate Belfast will be a key part of that.
We recommend that each individual aims to raise a minimum of £120+ as a goal to attend this event.
When will I receive my ticket?
You will receive your email ticket by 5th December 2019 . Your ticket will be scanned on arrival and you will receive a wristband for entry.
Can I leave and re-enter the Sleep Out?
There is no re-entry upon leaving the event.
Will bags be checked?
Yes - each patron will be subject to a full bag search on arrival.
Is there an age limit on this event?
Yes. This event will take place overnight and outdoors and as a result attendees must be aged 18 years and over.
If you have younger people who wish to take part we would encourage people to host their own event and bring the sleepout to your community. All you need to do is choose a venue and we will support you with the rest. You can organise your sleepout in your back garden, school grounds, Porch, or anywhere that you have permission that is safe and legal. These would be privately arranged events.
How do I access the venue?
Please make your way to the Massey Avenue entrance at Stormont Estate. You will be required to show your ticket and vehicle pass, should you require it. Staff will clearly signpost you to parking and sleep zones from there.
What time can we arrive at?
We will be opening the gates at 5pm will the event kicking off at 5.30pm. Entrance is not permitted after 9pm. If you are not able to arrive for the start of the event you will still be able to gain access at the Massey Ave entrance.
We reserve the right to refuse admission for health & safety of all participants and staff.
What time will it finish at?
The event will finish at approximately 6am when everyone can head home and get warm and dry. Should participants need to leave the venue before 6am, staff will be in place to make sure that they can do so safely. Please be reminded that it will be dark.
What time does the sleep commence after the concert?
Around the world at approximately 10pm participants will be bedding down for the night. All entertainment will finish just before 10pm and everyone will be directed to sleepzones.
Can I store valuables?
We recommend leaving any valuables at home, we do not have storage available and we cannot take responsibility for any loss or stolen goods.
Can I re-enter the grounds if I need to leave for a while?
Unfortunately, re-admission will not be permitted if you leave the event space.
Will toilets be available?
Yes we will have access to toilets in the area.
Will there be food at the event?
There will be some food as well as tea, coffee, and hot beverages available to purchase.
Will there be alcohol at the event?
This is strictly an alcohol free event and it is strictly prohibited. Please do not arrive intoxicated as we cannot permit entry to those under the influence of alcohol or drugs. There will be bag checks on entry, no potential weapons, drugs or alcohol will be permitted.
Will there be parking available?
Yes, on arrival at Massey Avenue entrance, your tickets will be checked and you will be signposted to a specific parking area for the event which is within walking distance to the venue.
What if there is bad weather?
You must dress appropriately for the weather, bringing suitable waterproof cover for sleeping bags if needed. The event will only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather conditions. Notifications would be sent through email in this case.
Unless there is an extreme weather event the WBSO event will go ahead. Our on-site H&S team will monitor and assess the weather and will only cancel in the event it is deemed dangerous to proceed.
What if I need extra assistance to access?
There will be an accessible entrance and accessible facilities on site.
Why is alcohol not permitted?
Drinking alcohol will considerably increase the risk of people suffering from hypothermia at the event and as such we do not have permission to allow alcohol at this event. In addition, we wish to be sympathetic towards alcohol and addiction issues within the homeless community by abstaining for the night.
Can we leave outdoor kit behind?
No. Please do not leave anything else behind after the event, if you do not want to keep it please take it home and consider donating to an organisation who could put it to use. Please throw all your trash away in the bins provided and take all your belongings with you.
Is there somewhere for lost property?
Please hand in and reclaim all lost property from the welfare stations. The event accepts no responsibility for lost or stolen property. All lost property items will be handed to the local garda station after the event. We have overnight security on site.
Will there be a refund if the event is cancelled?
No tickets will be refunded and the proceeds will still go to the charity. We will endeavour to put on an alternative event within a reasonable timeframe.
Will there be a refund if any of the artists cancel?
Tickets are for the event and not for one specific artist.
The promoter will endeavour to present the line-up as advertised, but the line-up of artists cannot be guaranteed. Should one or more artists cancel, the event will go ahead as normal. Refunds will not be given in these circumstances.
How can I make a donation to WBSO?
Head to www.bigsleepout.com and click donate in the top right corner
Is smoking allowed at the event?
Smoking is not permitted at the event
What can I bring with me?
There are a number of items you should bring to the WBSO event, however we encourage you to only bring what is necessary. There are a few essential items below that we must insist you bring, such as a sleeping bag, warm clothes and photo ID, without them WBSO reserves the right to ask you to leave the event for your own safety. We will have a limited amount of bivvy bags on sale for £5 if you forgot to bring this.
The following items are permitted:
● Good Quality Sleeping Bag – essential (we recommend a 3-4 season sleeping
bag suitable for winter)
● Bivvy bags
● Rain gear
● Small pillows
● Warm, layered clothing including an outdoor coat – essential
● Photo ID - essential
● Foam ground mat
● Empty Flask/Hot Cups
● Empty Water Bottle
● Easy to eat food & snack items (energy bars etc)
● Hat, gloves, scarf
● A small hand or head torch
● A black bin bag for your trash
● Any essential medication you will need while you are at the event
DO NOT BRING…
The following is not permitted at any of the World’s Big Sleep Out events:
● Smoke Bombs
● Animals (except for assistance dogs)
● Weapons, knives & firearms
● Drugs (including illegal substances; legal highs and NOS gas)
● Amplified music
● Tent/shelters or mattresses/inflatables