Home­less youth fo­cus at event

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ai­den Boy­ham

Youth home­less­ness was front and cen­tre at headspace Rock­ing­ham last Tues­day, with the City of Rock­ing­ham and headspace team­ing up to host a spe­cial com­mu­nity event as part of Na­tional Youth Week and Youth Home­less­ness Mat­ters Day.

Six teams from lo­cal youth ser­vices from across the com­mu­nity went head-to-head in the Couch Surf­ing Race for Youth Home­less­ness, to help high­light the stark real­ity couch surfers and home­less peo­ple face ev­ery day.

About 350 peo­ple were on hand to see the team from South Metropoli­tan TAFE Rock­ing­ham take home the win in the couch surf­ing event.

With 22,000 young peo­ple home­less on any given night across Aus­tralia, headspace Rock­ing­ham com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of­fi­cer Jeremy Tucker said the event of­fered a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for lo­cals to learn about home­less­ness.

“It was an amaz­ing day and it was fan­tas­tic to see such big num­bers come down to push­ing across that mes­sage of youth home­less­ness and couch surf­ing as a form home­less,” he said.

Mr Tucker said such was the suc­cess of the event, headspace Rock­ing­ham was al­ready plan­ning for the next one in 2019.

If you are liv­ing on the streets, in your car, couch surf­ing, fac­ing evic­tion from ac­com­mo­da­tion or es­cap­ing fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, call En­try­point on 08 6496 0001 or 1800 124 684 for as­sis­tance.

Pic­ture: headspace/City of Rock­ing­ham

The City of Rock­ing­ham and headspace Rock­ing­ham teamed up to host the event to help raise aware­ness of youth home­less­ness.

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