The United Nations Human Settlements Program estimates that 1.1 billion people live in inadequate housing, and the best data available suggest that more than 100 million people have no housing at all. There are an estimated 70.8 Million people displaced throughout the world because of war, natural disasters and extreme poverty.
Street homelessness affects people in every region of the world - developed and developing - and in the absence of coordinated action globally it is growing. The imbalance between supply and demand, cost and poor quality of housing, displacement driven by political and economic causes, and the lack of a safety net for the most vulnerable all contribute to the growth of street homelessness. This is one of the great and visible social ills of our time and yet there has been no coordinated global response to tackle it on a par with other issues related to poverty and health.
By joining the World's Big Sleep Out your city will be at the forefront of the global fight against homelessness raising awareness and funds to tackle the issue in your city and for vulnerable refugees internationally.
While The World's Big Sleep Out involves spending a night under the stars, it is not about pretending to be homeless. It's an act of solidarity - to give you a tiny insight into this reality, and to raise the funds and awareness needed to help people who have no other choice.
The World’s Big Sleep Out Campaign is founded by Josh Littlejohn MBE, the co-founder of the charity Social Bite - based in Scotland.
The event is run in partnership with the Institute for Global Homelessness (IGH), UNICEF USA, Malala Fund and Social Bite
Social Bite started as a small sandwich shop in Edinburgh that started offering employment and free food to homeless people.
They have grown to become a major charity with a mission of eradicating homelessness in Scotland. Social Bite have previously hosted visits from A-List actors George Clooney and Leonardo Di Caprio.
Social Bite have since undertaken major projects including building a bespoke village for people struggling with homelessness and developing a major "Housing First" program helping 830 people out of homelessness.
They have also previously organised the World's largest ever Sleep Out in Edinburgh - Sleep in the Park. This event campaign has raised over $10,000,000 in two years to tackle homelessness in Scotland.
Dame Helen Mirren said: "Homelessness on our streets is a real problem in the UK and for many nations throughout the world. This coupled with an unprecedented number of refugees being displaced internationally makes this a really important time to focus attention on the issue of global homelessness. The World's Big Sleep Out campaign will play an important role in shining the political spotlight on the issues of homelessness and displacement whilst raising considerable funds to make a big difference.
Will Smith and Dame Helen Mirren will lead the way by telling a bedtime story in Times Square (New York) and Trafalgar Square (London) respectively. On Saturday 7th December,
Dame Louise Casey DBE CB, Chair of the World’s Big Sleep Out Trust said: “Homelessness is an urgent, deadly issue that affects people in all nations, but it is an issue that can be solved. The World’s Big Sleep Out is an act of compassion for our fellow citizens; a way to raise much-needed funds and a campaign for lasting change where everyone has a place to call home.
Josh Littlejohn MBE, Social Bite and WBSO Founder, said: “I am blown away by the response to The World’s Big Sleep Out so far and incredibly excited to have 50 cities all over the world taking part. It doesn’t matter if you are taking part in Times Square or in your back garden with your family, by sleeping out for one night on 7th December we can simultaneously express our compassion for homeless people who have no other choice and raise lifesaving funds to make a difference."
Richard Taylor is the creative force - co-founder and co-director - behind world renowned Weta Workshop which provided the special effects wizardry behind the blockbuster The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies, and a raft of successful movie and television productions seen in New Zealand and internationally.
His credits to date include five Oscars, four BAFTAs and a raft of other international entertainment awards - including numerous achievements for Weta’s success in the disciplines of make-up, costume and visual effects.
Chris Martin is lead singer, guitarist and pianist for the alternative band Coldplay. The group has won multiple Grammy Awards and is known for hit songs like "Paradise" and "Yellow."
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Our story of mass participation events began in 2016 with Social Bite’s CEO Sleepout; 350 of the country’s business leaders slept out on a cold November night and raised over £550,000 towards ending homelessness. After the success of the CEO Sleepout, we launched Sleep in the Park, the focal point of our campaign to end homelessness in Scotland.
We invited 8,000 people to Princes Street Gardens for the world’s largest ever sleepout. They were joined by some of the world’s biggest artists, to sleep in the cold for one night. By raising funds and working together, we believe we can stop the sticky plaster mentality and get to the root issues with a plan to eradicate homelessness over a 5-year period by providing people with housing, rehabilitation, job opportunities and the support people need to get back on their feet.