A sleepout is meant to be uncomfortable – and not only because of the sleeping arrangements. Participants will be introduced to the hard truths of poverty and disadvantage faced by many Victorians.

But it’s also a night of opportunity. To learn, to advocate for and to take action to support Victorians who are doing it tough.

The Vinnies Sleepout is an independently-hosted fundraising event that encourages community groups, schools and workplaces to come together for one night to sleep out at a venue of their choosing to raise money and awareness for Victorians experiencing homelessness and poverty. The sleepout events hosted in Victoria raise money for the St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria’s (Vinnies Victoria) services; you can learn more about what we do ­here.

Learn more and register to host a sleepout below.

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Be the community to make positive change

Whether it be with your sports club, church group, social club, or a passionate group of community members holding a Vinnies Community Sleepout is a way to come together to learn more about the issues of homelessness and poverty and to make an impact. The money you raise by hosting a sleepout will directly support people experiencing homelessness and poverty through Vinnies Victoria’s services in your local region.


Be the school to choose compassion

A School Sleepout promotes leadership, empathy, compassion and advocacy. Students from your school will come together to learn about the experiences of vulnerable Victorians and work together to make practical change.

The sleepout is also an opportunity to learn vital skills involving event organisation, marketing and social justice. Through fundraising, your school can fund services in your local region for individuals and families needing support.


Be the workplace that leads by example

A Workplace Sleepout is a unique employee engagement opportunity and a dynamic way to activate your corporate social responsibility goals. As the event host, the choice is yours as to the event’s date and venue allowing flexibility to meet the needs of your company. A Workplace Sleepout can assist to educate employees on the increasing challenges of homelessness and poverty and show, that with their help, your company can influence real change in the lives of vulnerable Victorians.