The Step by Step Autumn Sleep Walk

  • 17 September 2018

During the autumn term, we are inviting pupils across the South East to 'Sleep Walk' and help us change the lives of homeless young people. Gather up your pupils and walk one mile to raise money for Step by Step to help prevent youth homelessness.

Young people who do not have a permanent place to sleep, often find themselves having restless nights. It is dangerous to sleep outside at night, so they prefer to sleep during the day when there are people around. But even if they are sleeping on someone's sofa, they have the issue of finding their next place to sleep and they end up being up and about before the rest of the world is.

“I think everyone should have a home, as a home keeps monsters out.”
Ditcham Park School reception pupil

Why take part?

Students will have the chance to help local young people build a brighter future for themselves. We have put together a wide range of teaching resources to help you and your pupils bring your 'Sleep Walk' to life in the classroom, including:

  • Key Stage One and Two lesson plans linked to the National Curriculum.
  • Your pupils will love learning about how to budget meals with £12 a week in maths.
  • Writing a homeless diary entry in English.
  • Designing their own shelter in art and technology.

Our Sleep Walk in six simple steps

1. Choose a day during the autumn term that fits with your term calendar.

2. Use our resources and free lesson plans to help pupils learn about homelessness. These resources can be requested by contacting the fundraising team.

3. Plan your route. We suggest the students collectively walk around 570,000 steps (1 mile is 2000 steps, therefore an average school would only need to walk 1 mile). But this is not mandatory.

4. Contact us to request your fundraising pack, which includes a sponsorship form. Call 01252 346107 or email

5. When you have completed your Sponsored Sleep Walk, collect the sponsorship money from your pupils and send us your donation.

6. Receive a bespoke Thank You certificate which you can display at school.

For participating schools, there will also be the opportunity to organise a school assembly or a Peer Education workshop.

This is an awareness raising workshop service, aimed at young people in school (year 6 and above).

Happy sleep walking!