Those sleeping rough in spotlight
SPOTLIGHT ON HOMELESSNESS
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.
Sara Montgomery from Platform Youth Services and Jake Nauta from Fusion Youth Services are getting ready for the Sleep In Your Car night.