Those sleep­ing rough in spotlight

SPOTLIGHT ON HOME­LESS­NESS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jenny Gal­braith To register visit sleepiny­our­car.com.au or call Fu­sion on 8805 5900

Sleep in Your Car is a na­tional ini­tia­tive to raise aware­ness of the more than 100,000 peo­ple sleep­ing rough in Aus­tralia ev­ery night.

A CAR may not sound like the most com­fort­able place for a good night’s sleep, but many young peo­ple in St Marys, Mt Druitt and the Ne­pean area face even worse con­di­tions ev­ery night, youth ser­vice providers say.

Fu­sion Youth Ser­vices in St Marys and Plat­form Youth Ser­vices in Pen­rith help hun­dreds of young peo­ple and fam­i­lies who are home­less or are at risk of home­less­ness each year, and are en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to sleep in their car for a night to fundraise for youth ser­vices.

Sleep In Your Car is a na­tional ini­tia­tive to raise aware­ness of the more than 100,000 peo­ple sleep­ing rough in Aus­tralia ev­ery night, in­clud­ing around 26,000 young peo­ple. Fu­sion helps more than 500 vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple and fam­i­lies ev­ery year by pro­vid­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that build re­silience and life skills.

Fund­ing for their hous­ing ser­vice was cut by the NSW Gov­ern­ment last year, but man­ager Judy Tweed­dale said their work was still vi­tal in help­ing young peo­ple who were at risk of home­less­ness.

“We still feel we want it high on agenda be­cause with our youth ser­vices we’re build­ing re­silience and do­ing pre­ven­ta­tive work, so we still feel it’s im­por­tant be in­volved in this kind of event,” she said.

“The dif­fer­ence with Fu­sion is we don’t just put on pro­grams, we try and put com­mu­nity around peo­ple be­cause we be­lieve com­mu­nity helps them find their place.”

Sleep In Your Car will be held on Au­gust 5 from 4pm in Bowler’s Carpark, Car­sons Lane, next to Fu­sion Western Syd­ney Cen­tre.

Par­tic­i­pants are asked to raise at least $100, which will go to­wards the on­go­ing work of Fu­sion and Plat­form in their care for home­less or at-risk young peo­ple in Western Syd­ney.

There will be ac­tiv­i­ties and a free bar­be­cue.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Sara Mont­gomery from Plat­form Youth Ser­vices and Jake Nauta from Fu­sion Youth Ser­vices are get­ting ready for the Sleep In Your Car night.

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