Shine a Light Night Banner - Ireland at night illustration with a yellow torch shining 'Shine a Light Night' to the right and 'Friday 15th October - Give one night to change a lifetime' on the left
Shine a Light Night Banner - Ireland at night illustration with a yellow torch shining 'Shine a Light Night' to the right and 'Friday 15th October - Give one night to change a lifetime' on the left
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On the Night

Thank you for giving one night to shine a light on homelessness. Your support is helping Focus Ireland to end homelessness in Ireland.

Preparing for your sleep-out

  1. Choose your sleep spot: Pick a safe and secure outdoor space (such as a garden, balcony, carpark, work green space). ​If you have no outdoor space, choose somewhere indoors that isn’t your bed, such as a couch, living room floor or kitchen floor. Please ensure you do not sleep in a public place.
  2. Stock up on bedding supplies​: Sleeping bag, pillow, bin liners (large and small), cardboard, warm clothing and lots of loose layers​. Top tip: a hot water bottle is an excellent addition!​
  3. Internet access​: You will need access to the internet to join our virtual activities on shinealight.focusireland.ie. You can join via your phone or a laptop/tablet.​
  4. Bathroom facilities and snacks​: Please ensure you have access to bathroom facilities, a hot drink and some snacks.

Check out our ‘On the Night’ checklist to make sure you’re ready, warm and safe for the big night, and keep your eyes peeled on your inbox for a full running order for your sleep-out!

Download ‘On the Night’ checklist

Running Order:

8:00PM

Check in with a post of your sleep-out

Share a photo or video on social media of your sleep spot and use #ShineALightNight.

8:15PM

Watch our video talks from customers, staff and more…

8:45PM

Grab yourself a snack and a hot drink

Take a moment to have a sandwich, snack and hot drink with your sleep-out group. You can also use this time to video call your friends, family and colleagues taking part in different locations to chat about your experience.

9:30PM

Hear from our supporters

You will learn more about the work we do in supporting people experiencing homelessness. ​

Watch:

Read:

  • ‘If we didn’t have my parents, we could have found ourselves in emergency accommodation’ – Rory’s Stories star
    CLICK HERE TO READ
  • Fontaines DC put on the jersey for Focus Ireland's homelessness campaign
    CLICK HERE TO READ

10:00PM

Watch back: Independent.ie’s Rock Against Homelessness in aid of Focus Ireland

Stream Panti Bliss and Laura Whitmore hosting an evening of intimate live performances from some of today’s best artists including Pillow Queens, Rodrigo Y Gabriela and Christy Dignam, all in aid of Focus Ireland.

11:30PM

Bedtime – sleep tight! ​

Turn out the lights and brave the elements on your Shine A Light Night sleep-out. Remember to reflect on how fortunate you are to have a safe home, workplace or garden to sleep-out in. Remind yourself you are sleeping out in solidarity with people who do not have a place to call home.  

5AM-8AM

Wake up and share your experience

Wake up the morning after Shine A Light Night and reflect on the experience. How do you feel? Was it a challenging evening? Did you get much sleep? Were you cold or wet? Share your experience online and ask people to donate to your fundraising page – well done and thank you for your support!

A huge, heartfelt thank you from Focus Ireland. ​

Together, we have moved one step closer to ending homelessness. ​

If you have any questions, please contact the Focus Ireland team:

E: shinealight@focusireland.ie 

T: 1850 204 205​

W: shinealight.focusireland.ie​