Volunteers are needed to help count the number of people sleeping rough in the City of Bayswater
VOLUNTEERS will be heading out to the streets in the early hours of the morning to take part in the City of Bayswater’s inaugural Rough Sleeper Count.
The City is seeking volunteers who are passionate about supporting people experiencing homelessness to join the count event on March 17 from 1am to 3am.
The volunteers will use an app developed by the City to record the locations of people sleeping rough.
Data collected will be shared with organisations and support services and help the City form a local homelessness strategy.
Mayor Dan Bull encouraged anyone who “genuinely cared” for people doing it tough to get involved.
“People can experience homelessness for many reasons – including domestic violence, ill-health, long-term unemployment and mental health issues,” he said.
“The City of Bayswater is committed to advocating for those who don’t have a voice on this issue.
“All volunteers will attend a briefing session, teaching them how to collect data without disturbing people who are sleeping.”
Bayswater-based Perth Homeless Support Group Inc volunteer co-ordinator and depot manager Jed Fay said about six volunteers had signed up so far.
Ms Fay said the main issues that local homeless people faced included mental health challenges, drug abuse, safety of women and having no overnight shelter.
“Women are often getting raped on the streets,” she said.
“A lot of our homeless people don’t actually get money because they don’t have a permanent ID or a permanent address, so they aren’t on payments.
“They can’t afford things like backpackers, or overnight shelters.”
For details, visit the City’s website.
Perth Homeless Support Group vice-president Aaron McGregor, Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull and Perth Homeless Support Group volunteer co-ordinator and depot manager Jed Fay have an app on their phones which will be used to collect data about the number of people sleeping rough.