More than 28,000 people of all ages in NSW are experiencing homelessness – more than in any other state.
Tweed Shire has one of the highest homeless rates in NSW. The latest Census recorded 444 officially homeless people, and a further 468 people in improvised or crowded dwellings, or “marginally housed” in caravan parks.
As well as living in poverty many of these local people - women, men, young people, families - don’t have regular access to food, bathroom and laundry facilities, medical care, or help to access government services such as Centrelink.
This impacts on personal dignity, health and wellbeing, prospects of getting a job and forming social relationships, even on their mental health. On 29 August 2019 our local community came together in solidarity to do something about it.
37 participants slept out on a cold and chilly night with nothing more than a few sheets of cardboard, soup and bread for a meal to raise vital funds for Fred’s Place drop-in service in Tweed Heads. Over $13,000 was raised. These funds enable Fred’s Place to continue to offer light meals, showers and laundry, clinics with a doctor and nurse, computer and phone access, support with legal and tenancy issues, and a safe place to have a cuppa and relax.
On behalf of the people we assist, thank you to all our participants and sponsors for your involvement in this amazing result. We couldn’t have done it without your wonderful dedication and support.
To register your interest or find out more about the 2020 Fred’s Place Community Sleepout, please click on “Enquire for 2020” on the right of this page or email Alysia.Hopkins@vinnies.org.au