Help at hand for homeless
HOMELESSNESS Awareness Week is coming to Mandurah and donations are needed.
WestAus 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.
Westaus Crisis’ Lynn Rodgers (front) with Coast FM, 6MM and WestAus staff.