Help at hand for home­less

Mandurah Coastal Times - - FRONT PAGE -

HOME­LESS­NESS Aware­ness Week is com­ing to Man­durah and do­na­tions are needed.

West Aus Cri­sis and Wel­fare Ser­vices has co-or­di­nated Home­less­ness Aware­ness Week in Man­durah for sev­eral years.

It is the big­gest event of its kind out­side Perth and will be held on the eastern fore­shore near the ro­tunda on Thurs­day, Au­gust 9.

More than 40 lo­cal ser­vices and busi­nesses will be pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion, cloth­ing, food, toi­letries, hair­cuts, en­ter­tain­ment or ac­tiv­i­ties for the home­less and others who wish to be in­volved.

Pas­sages Youth Re­source Cen­tre will hold couch surf­ing time tri­als at noon.

The couches have been dec­o­rated by lo­cal young peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The event aims to raise aware­ness that home­less­ness can hap­pen to any­one and not all peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it are vis­i­ble.

Many are liv­ing with rel­a­tives, friends or ac­quain­tances, in shel­ters, tran­si­tional hous­ing, couch surf­ing, camp­ing or sleep­ing in cars, in sheds or other im­pro­vised dwellings.

Twenty-five per cent of the home­less are under 18.

Do­na­tions of new or nearly new clean blan­kets, doonas, sleep­ing bags and food can be made at Coast FM on Man­durah Ter­race.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Wes­taus Cri­sis’ Lynn Rodgers (front) with Coast FM, 6MM and Wes­tAus staff.

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