As part of Belmont Forum’s commitment to supporting the community, the centre has announced Perth Homeless Support Group is the fourth recipient of its Giving Back Grant.
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Walking into the city of Perth 2014 was the beginning of a life changing event. I noticed that there was an increase in the numbers of those experiencing homelessness, many sitting on the crossover from the Art Gallery begging. I began sitting with them to get a little insight into the lives of those doing it tough. It was then I decided to do something to make a I was inspired to form Perth Homeless Support Group.
Over the past 6 years the not-for-profit charity has played a major roll in offering support and comfort to over 11,000 people in crisis with food, blankets, sleeping bags and now into the part of hampers to those in the risk of homelessness. I have held the position of President for all of that time and very much loved the opportunity to work alongside of some like-minded and amazing people.
Aaron McGregor and his wife become involved in the volunteering roles during 2017 and I quickly saw the passion and drive they both had. We have just had our 7th AGM and it was a privilege to be able to nominate Aaron for the position of President which he accepted.
Our roving outreach is currently doing really well we are helping on average 140 people experiencing homelessness every Sunday morning. We have seen a new lot of faces coming to us for help as well as our regulars which is quite concerning.
We have also been working with other organisations such as homelessness we care who deliver fresh food on Tuesday evenings. Another organisation street friends who hand out clothing and also fresh meals on a Thursday evening. In working together we have found that we are better equipped and better resourced to help those people experiencing homelessness. These relationships that have developed are a great step forward in helping those In need.
Just this month we started our handing out of the jackets we purchased from our winter appeal. They were very welcomed by our most vulnerable rough sleepers. In these uncertain times it is encouraging that we are able to still do what we do and with the ongoing support of the community and organisations wrapping around continue long into the future.
Aaron McGregor - President