There are more than 116,000 Australians experiencing homelessness. Alarmingly, approximately 60,000 of these are under the age of 35, and more than 17,000 children under the age of 12 don’t have a stable place to call home.

The face of homelessness in Australia has changed. Across New South Wales, the high cost of living, stagnant wages and unsteady jobs can push anyone into crisis. Many families living on the edge are only a few pay packets away from homelessness, and the majority of people experiencing homelessness are in the prime of their lives.

Your support is vital in helping us provide essential care and programs to those in our community who need it the most.

Register or sponsor a participant to help us change lives.

Why we need your support

Homelessness and disadvantage affect large numbers of people right across the Lower Hunter region and it doesn’t discriminate.

It is critical that we provide people experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness with the support to rebuild their lives and reconnect with the community. It is also more important than ever that we prevent homelessness from occurring in the first place.

How can you help

The Maitland Vinnies Community Sleepout will be held at the historic Maitland Gaol with businesses, community and local participants who give up a night in a warm, comfortable bed to help raise funds and awareness about homelessness in our very own back yard.

Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $10,000 which will assist Lower Hunter SVdP Conferences provide support to people who are experiencing disadvantage in our local area.

Event details

Where: Maitland Gaol, 6-18 John Street, East Maitland NSW 2323

When: Thursday, 29 August 2019

Contact: Jenny Barrie, Event & Engagement Coordinator

Phone: 0411 222 429


Bring: Sleeping bag, pillow, a water bottle, wear warm clothing, and a blanket if you feel the cold!



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