Aberdeen Sleep Out 2019 - FAQ

Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Aberdeen SleepOut!

A download of the full FAQ is also available at the bottom of the page.

What is the Aberdeen SleepOut?

The Aberdeen SleepOut is an annual fundraising event organised by Aberdeen Cyrenians. Participants spend the night sleeping outdoors with just a sleeping bag and cardboard for comfort so they can experience some of the discomfort those sleeping rough feel on a daily basis. It does not aim to replicate a rough sleeping experience, but instead to raise awareness of homelessness and help give people an insight into what it might be like to sleep outdoors without heating, hot water and a comfy bed. The money raised from the event will help to tackle homelessness in Aberdeen/shire, ensuring that those affected by homelessness receive the help and support they need.

​When is it happening?

The SleepOut officially starts at 8pm on Friday 11 October and finishes around 7am on Saturday 12 October. Registration on the night will be from 7pm.

Where is it taking place?

Union Square have very kindly given us use of part of their covered car park for the SleepOut. We will be on Level 2, access is through the shopping centre or via a lift in between TK Maxx and Marks and Spencer when the centre is closed. Vehicle entrances to the car park are on Market Street and Palmerston Road.

How do I register?

It's just £15 per person to register, head over to https://aberdeensleepout2019.eventbrite.co.uk to sign up.

How much should I aim to raise?

We ask each individual to aim to raise a minimum of £50 but encourage you to raise as much as you can. Set-up a sponsorship page via JustGiving or print off a Sponsorship Form to help gather and record sponsorship. Our Fundraising Team can also provide tips and hints to increase you fundraising!

How will the money I raise help people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire?

The money you raise will directly support those who are affected by homelessness. Head over to our website to find out more about the services we provide in the North East of Scotland and how your support will make a real difference – www.aberdeen-cyrenians.org

Is there a minimum age to take part?

The minimum age is 8 but those under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times who is also registered for the event. There must be a minimum of one adult for every two children/young people aged under 16. If you have any questions about this please call us on 01224 625732.

Can I sign up as a team?

Yes! Both individuals and teams can sign up. If you have a team of ten or more taking part please contact us at fundraising@aberdeen-cyrenians.org / 01224 625732 so we can provide additional support to manage your team details.

What facilities will be provided?

Facilities provided will be kept to a minimum. There will be access to toilet facilities, cardboard to construct shelters and hot drinks available throughout the night. There will be no electricity supply.

Will I be safe?

Yes, the event will take place in an enclosed area and Aberdeen Cyrenians staff members will be in attendance for the duration of the event. We will also have qualified first aiders in attendance to deal with any medical incidents.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the SleepOut?

Parking is available however, we encourage people to use public transport wherever possible. Parking at Union Square will cost £1.50 from 6pm – 4am and £4.50 from 4am – 7am, therefore it is will cost £6 per car if you leave by 7am. More details about parking are available here: https://www.unionsquareaberdeen.com/visitor-info/parking

What should I bring to the SleepOut?

Please bring:

  • Sleeping mat or plastic sheets to lie on
  • Sleeping bag and blanket
  • Warm clothes
  • Water or juice
  • Torch
  • Personal entertainment: book, cards, etc

What can I not bring to the SleepOut?

Please do not bring:

  • Alcohol
  • Cooking stoves or BBQs
  • Tents
  • Drinking glasses or glass bottles
  • Electronics or valuables
  • Pets
  • Anyone not registered to take part in the event

What happens if the weather is bad?

The event is in a covered area of the carpark however, the aim is to bring participants a step closer to the realities faced by those sleeping rough on a daily basis so will go ahead regardless of the weather. Participants should be prepared for this and are advised to bring suitable clothing. In extreme circumstances, event staff will make the decision whether it is safe to continue and will be on hand to provide assistance should the event need to be stopped.

Can I smoke at the event?

Smoking is not permitted within the SleepOut area. There are designated smoking areas outside, please ask a member of Aberdeen Cyrenians or Union Square staff who will advise where these are located.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email fundraising@aberdeen-cyrenians.org or call us on 01224 625732 if you have any questions.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes. For health and safety reasons, we need to record information like emergency contact details, health issues and allergies to be aware of, etc. for each participant, you can log back in to your Eventbrite account at any time to update these. Our staff will check that all required information has been provided during the registration process at the event. It will help speed up the registration process if you can complete the information ahead of time.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

For health and safety reasons, we do need to have an accurate record of everyone participating in the Aberdeen SleepOut. If you can no longer make it and would like a friend to attend in your place, please email fundraising@aberdeen-cyrenians.org to confirm the change.

Will there be photographers at the event? What if I do not want my photo taken?

Yes, photos and videos will be taken at the event and may be published through media, print publications, online and social media channels. If you do not want to be included in these photos please inform the event team at registration on the night.

How can I help promote Aberdeen Cyrenians and the #AberdeenSleepOut?

Share the event and your fundraising activity on social media. Put up a poster on your noticeboard at work/school or ask if one could be displayed in your local shop or community centre.

Is the personal information I provide when registering kept safely?

Yes, Aberdeen Cyrenians abides by GDPR and will ensure that your details are kept secure at all times. We will keep in touch with you about the SleepOut event and the impact of your support but will not add you to any other mailing lists without your permission. We will never pass on your details to third parties apart from in the case of an emergency during the event using the details you have provided.