Sleep at the 'G

Thank you!

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who rolled out the sleeping bag to help end youth homelessness in 2016. We appreciate your support, whether you attended, donated, performed, dressed up or volunteered on the night! Here is a special video we’ve put together to demonstrate the impact of Melbourne City Mission’s work which is only made possible with the $526,000 raised by our generous supporters. Looking back at the photos on Facebook or Flickr it seems like people had plenty of fun!

Sleep at the ’G will be happening again during winter in 2017. Click here to keep yourself in the loop.

Special thanks to our major partners the MCG, VicSuper, Melbourne Football Club, Herald Sun, Network Ten and Nova Entertainment, and all of the other wonderful corporate partners who lent their support to the event. Without your help the event would not be the success that it is.

Join us in 2017

Sign up to here to be the first to know about next years event. At Melbourne City Mission, we are busy working on our plans for an even bigger and better Sleep at the ’G in 2017.

If you want to do something to help young people who are homeless in Victoria, register your interest for Sleep at the ’G 2017 and we'll keep you up-to-date with all the latest news and announcements. Next year’s event will once again be taking place during winter.  Watch the video to see what Sleep at the ’G is all about!

We're on a mission - let's put youth homelessness to bed

There are too many young Victorians who are homeless, living without shelter or a place to call home, and the unmet demand for services is increasing. Over 6,000 young people are forced to either ‘couch surf’ or ‘sleep rough’ every night in Victoria. Homelessness is one of the most severe forms of disadvantage and social exclusion that any person can experience. It is a frightening and traumatic experience for young people, and has a direct adverse effect on their health and well being. Sleep at the 'G is your opportunity to do something about this crisis. 

Sleep on a cardboard box in solidarity with young people experiencing homelessness and raise vital funds to support Melbourne City Mission's life changing work. Sleep at the ’G is Melbourne’s response to this tragedy – and YOU are invited to be a part of it! We hope you will put your best PJ’s on and join us at the MCG next year. We will be in touch later this year, so stay tuned to be the first to register for Sleep at the 'G 2017.


Who the event supports

Every young person experiencing homelessness has a unique set of circumstances and while the vast majority are sleeping on someone’s couch, in a car or rooming house, many are literally outside on a cardboard box. Yet, every story has something in common – courage of a young person and their determination to create a better future for themselves. With your support, we can help make that happen. Liam tells his story below.

Liam's Story

When life took a turn for the worst, Liam ended up out on Melbourne’s streets where he survived six long months moving from spot to spot before arriving at Melbourne City Mission early this year. Liam was assigned a case worker, Bec, who placed him in one of our youth refuges and gave him the support he needed to start rebuilding his life. Liam has big plans for the future. He wants to start a career in social work and through his advocacy, help make the world a better place for people experiencing homelessness. Liam says: ‘I’m going into Advocacy work and public relations for the homeless. The more I learn, the more I can help out’.

Money raised will help Melbourne City Mission provide more people like Liam with the opportunities and support they need to:

  • Find housing: in temporary accommodation, transitional housing or returning home (when it’s safe to do so).
  • Rebuild their lives: reconnect with school, family, get mental health support, develop living skills and plan their future.
  • Know they matter: it sounds simple, but supporting a young person to believe in themselves is the foundation of a successful life.

Together, we can put youth homelessness to bed…