De-stig­ma­tis­ing youth home­less­ness

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

TRIN­ITY Catholic Col­lege are lead­ing the way in rais­ing aware­ness around youth home­less­ness as they team up with So­cial Fu­tures ahead of Youth Home­less­ness Mat­ters Day on April 18.

A group the col­lege’s stu­dents are us­ing the na­tional cam­paign on to mo­bilise and en­cour­age friends and class­mates to un­der­take their own fund-rais­ing events and ini­tia­tives to help young peo­ple who are home­less.

Year 11 stu­dent Mad­die Gill said hav­ing the con­ver­sa­tion about youth home­less­ness was re­ally im­por­tant to help recog­nise it and not sec­tion­alise peo­ple off into groups so­ci­ety feels they be­long in.

“It’s not some­thing we talk about a lot here and I feel like it needs to be put out into the open so much more than it has been,” Miss Gill said.

Money raised will be do­nated to The Con­nect­ing Home Youth Pro­gram and will be used for emer­gency ac­com­mo­da­tion costs, liv­ing skills pro­grams and ba­sic needs in­clud­ing food, cloth­ing and per­sonal care items.

So­cial Fu­tures’ Youth Home­less­ness Case Man­ager Jessie Wilkes said her team will hold in­for­ma­tion ses­sions at high schools across the re­gion.

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