Novas is a voluntary organisation and Approved Housing Body working with families, children and single adults who are disadvantaged and socially excluded; primarily those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. We provide a range of housing, health and recovery services and accommodation for marginalised households throughout Ireland primarily using a trauma informed approach (all staff are trauma informed and trained) and a harm reduction model of support. We also provide bespoke community based supported living services for persons that find themselves homeless with complex support requirements on both the Intellectual Disability and Mental Health spectrums.
Every year, Novas holds an annual Christmas Sleep-Out, our biggest fundraising event of the year. There are many ways to get involved in the sleep-out and support our Christmas appeal. Funds raised this Christmas help us support homeless services throughout the Mid West.
When and where is the Christmas Sleep-Out 2019?
Friday 20th of December in Limerick, Ennis and Thurles.
- Limerick: Outside Brown Thomas on O’Connell Street
- Ennis: O’Connell Square
- Thurles: Town Square (outside Moklers/Carphone Warehouse)
What time does it start and end?
The event starts at 7pm and ends at 7am the next morning
How do I get involved?
You can take part by sleeping out on December 20th and raising sponsorship – we will provide you with a sponsorship card. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post a card or two out to you.
I don’t want to raise sponsorship, can I still get involved?
If your community group would like to take part as a group and collect on the night, please contact us to arrange this. You can also send donations via our website (https://www.novas.ie/donate/), or through Everyday Hero. https://nfp.everydayhero.com/ie/novas
Do I need to stay all night?
Ideally we would like as many people as possible to complete the 12 hours, however we understand that not everyone will be able to do this.
Can I bring my children?
All under 18’s must be accompanied to a maximum of two children per adult. Under 14’s must be off the street by 10pm and under 18’s off the street by midnight.
Do I need to bring a sleeping bag and other camping gear?
Yes. We will not be providing camping equipment. Please feel free to bring blankets, sleeping bags, mats, cardboard etc. One or two small tents always creates a strong visual impact.
Should I bring food?
There is no need. We will have refreshments on the night, including teas, coffee, soup, sandwiches, goodies and other finger food. Let us know if you have special dietary requirements.
Is there a collection on the night?
Yes, we will be holding a bucket collection on the night. All participants will be provided with a permit and collection materials. We will have t-shirts also.