St Albans Sleep Out

Friday 6th December 2019

Will you brave the cold to help the homeless?

Join Open Door for the St Albans Sleepout – come and brave the cold and help a homeless person keep warm.

We continue to help vulnerable people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We also run the award winning volunteer led Winter Beds Project providing emergency bed spaces in extreme weather. With your support and sponsorship, we can continue our vital work.

Come and join us – whether you’re a community group, work colleagues, friends or family. Wrap up warm, brave the cold and help us raise money and improve awareness of homelessness.


The Sleepout takes place at Oaklands College, Smallford, St Albans AL4 0JA (Sat Nav AL4 0XS)

We start at 9pm on Friday 6th December and finish at 7am the next morning. On arrival, individuals and groups will be welcomed by the Open Door team, and we will collect your registration forms. You’ll be invited to bag your spot for the night (a little hint, try finding some shelter from the wind, by a wall or near lights so you can see) There will be a talk from the charities and hot drinks and soup will be served throughout the night. It’s then time to bed down in your sleeping bag or box for the night.


What do I need to bring?

  • Registration form
  • Sleeping bag
  • Warm clothing
  • Cardboard (to lie on or create a shelter)
  • Anything else you might need to keep warm, and to make sure your shelter will stay up. Some individuals decide to build a cardboard home, others choose to tough it completely under the stars. The choice is yours but remember to bring all materials with you.

Register your place with Open Door:

Download the registration forms
(you can bring the form on the night, but do let us know that you’re coming)

Click on the links to the right for:

  • Individual Registration form
  • Youth/community/corporate groups Registration form
  • Sponsorship forms
  • Poster


Please remember to tick Open Door on the form:
to confirm you are supporting us


Once the Sleepout is completed and sponsorship has been collected, you can send donations and sponsorships forms:

  1. Post a cheque to Open Door at 8 Bricket Road, St Albans, AL1 1JX
  2. Transfer the money to Open Door’s Virgin money giving account Virgin Money Open Door account
  3. Deliver the money in person (please contact Sarah at


Good luck! We hope to see you there.

Important Information

  • 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 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. Any questions do get in touch.