We are celebrating 3 years of SleepSafe, our material aid program that funds and distributes high quality sheets and towels to frontline organisations and the vulnerable communities they support. Sustained by the efforts of Sheridan staff and the generous donations of their customers and our supporters, SleepSafe has provided dignity and comfort to more than 64,400 vulnerable Australians and invaluable support to the 540 community organisations that assist them.
SleepSafe has grown rapidly since 2019. In its first year, just over 8,600 Sleep kits were distributed and during its second year a further 13,400 high quality kits assisted vulnerable people and families. Now after 3 years, the SleepSafe partner network includes 540 community organisations, supported by 89 Sheridan stores across the country.
With the sector chronically underfunded and over-worked and increasing numbers of Australians turning to their local support services for help amid rising costs and stressors, SleepSafe continues to be a vital program. Not only does the program save services the cost of buying sheets and towels at retail stores but staff no longer have to raise funds or spend time shopping for these items.
Sheridan staff and customers supporting their local services
Helping Bonnie’s create a Safe Haven for women and children escaping domestic and family violence
Bonnie Support Services in Sydney has been a SleepSafe partner since 2019, relying on the delivery of sleep kits to turn their crisis accommodation rooms into a safe haven for women and children escaping domestic violence.
Their local Sheridan store in Liverpool have funded over 350 sleep kits for Bonnie’s, saving their staff valuable time and money.
“When women and children first arrive at their room at Bonnie’s they are greeted with the beautiful sheet sets and towels included in the kits. That first night is often the first safe night’s sleep they have had in a long time.”
Our community worker Sue said ‘it feels so good taking families into the room for the first time, and seeing their faces when they realise the room is theirs and the lovely sheets and towels are for them.’”
Providing comfort and hope for at risk young people through Youth Futures
Youth Futures in Perth empowers at-risk young people who are facing challenges like homelessness, educational difficulties, and mental health crises.
A sleepSafe partner since the program was launched in 2019, their local Sheridan store in Joondalup has fundraised over 840 kits for their service and vulnerable youth.