Homelessness Week 2018

As part of Homelessness Week 2018, Grampians Community Health hosted the second Annual Breakfast Event on Friday 10th August, on behalf of the Wimmera and Grampians Accommodation Network. Around 40 committed community members came together to learn more about the impacts of homelessness in our local community, and how we can all work together towards solutions. Students from Stawell Secondary College gave thought-provoking presentations, and Stawell Woolworths provided all the food and cooked a BBQ breakfast for everyone to enjoy. Northern Grampians Shire Mayor Cr Tony Driscoll supported the awareness-raising event as did Clarks Furniture as one of the many local businesses who so willingly support the variety of needs of people who are homeless.

The event highlighted that we might not readily ‘notice’ homelessness locally. A homeless person can be someone sleeping on their friend’s couch, staying at the caravan park, sleeping in a swag at our local lakes, and or sleeping in their car. Homelessness is so much more than not having where to live; it is about not being able to afford stable accommodation and not being able to feel safe and secure in their home. Family Violence is one of the leading contributing factors to homelessness which is why Grampians Community Health is committed to providing support according to an individual’s or family’s needs, and work closely with other local service providers to ensure comprehensive support plans.

A significant outcome of the Breakfast Event 2018 has been the interest of community members coming together to keep this vital community conversation going.

If you would like to know more about the range of services provided by Grampians Community Health, please phone 5358 7400 during business hours.

If you know of someone who is homeless and needing support, please contact the 24-hour state-wide homelessness support line on 1800195114.

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