Pathway to a new life
MANNY Salmon got a haircut, went to the dentist and had his dog microchipped last week.
He was among about 2000 people at the annual Homeless Connect Perth in Russell Square, Northbridge, that provides essential health services, food and general support for homeless people.
Retired hairdresser Stephanie Doust picked up the scissors again to volunteer for the event. It was the BHP lab technician’s first Homeless Connect.
“I like to see everyone’s smiles when I’ve finished their haircut,” she said.
Ms Doust is one of about 450 volunteers who help before, during and after the annual event co-ordinated by Volunteering WA and the City of Perth.
Jackie Isaccs and Loretta Watson are members of the Women’s International Network Group that helped serve a two-course lunch to guests.
Guests had access to a range of support such as birth certificate services, optometrists, food and clothing shops.
Volunteering WA chief executive Tina Williams said simple things such as getting a birth certificate could help the guests access many other services.
“The idea is they find a permanent pathway out of homelessness from the services on the day,” Ms Williams said.
Homeless Connect introduces services to one another for referrals.
Manny Salmon has his hair cut by hairdressing volunteer Stephanie Doust.