The main driver for
Homelessness Australia with Glenda Stevens
Glenda brought the statistics alive helping us to understand the people behind them. One of the key points...the younger age groups make up the highest number of homeless and the greater number of those are women leaving home due to domestic violence. The children in the statistics are often the children who arrive with those women, children who have a breakdown in relationships with their families, or children who have left care. It is a very grounding interview and well worth a listen. We will cover more on domestic violence in upcoming show on International Womens Day 8th March 2015
These young people are incredible
Taken from Homelessness Australia website
StreetWork with Tim Sheerman
Tim offered us an insight into the lives of some of the young people we deem to hard to work with in other areas and he reminds us how easily misunderstood these young people can be.
Streetwork pioneered outreach youth work - they build relationships and trust and walk beside young people facing a crisis in their lives. Their youth workers go out to where the young people are, whether that is the shopping centre, the train station, the local park or their home. They provide a supportive scaffolding when the warning signs of a crumbling life appear and are able to prevent the final stages of disconnection from society such as homelessness, mental health problems, leaving school or imprisonment.
Young people have
StreetWork always need volunteers as they do not look for government funding. The best way you can support is:
There is no age limit so please get in touch and see how you can help. Check out how you can get involved by using this link
For details of the YOUTH events like the Thursday BBQ in Chatswood run by Streetwork check out this link
Lots of young people
Home is more than bricks and mortar -
home is safety, security, belonging, love - it shows we have a place in society
City of Sydney Street Count
I was privileged to take part in the City of Sydney street count this year. They run these street counts bi-anually and they are used to collect accurate and up-to-date information about the number of people sleeping rough in the local area. They also help to monitor the progress of the City and its partners in reducing the numbers of people experiencing homelessness in the local area..
Street counts assist the City’s homelessness unit to develop responses to homelessness according to need. Results are regularly used to advocate to state and federal governments, along with potential partners, for the resources necessary to achieve enduring solutions to homelessness.
If you would like to see data from the street count for the last few years or learn more about how you can get involved then check out this link.
This year they had about 200 volunteers, we went out in pairs between 1 and 3, were extremely well looked after by Sydney City Council and Mission Australia Team. I am in awe of what goes on during the night on our streets.
There is much harshness in our world but what I saw that night was deep care.
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Lucy Dahill is the presenter of Stay in the Loop with Lucy, she has a passion for offering people the platform to share their voice. Young, old or somewhere in between we all have wisdom to share if we trust our hearts over our heads.