WHAT WE DO
Our volunteers support the displaced and homeless through:
Each Sunday mornings up to 50 volunteers meet at Moore Street where they distribute Care
Packs to between 150 - 230 people experiencing homelessness accompanied by many wrap around services such as the One Voice mobile shower bus, a hair-dressing service, the street library, a veterinary service and chiropractor..
We digitally record the numbers we assist, providing perishable food, warm drinks and soup, non-perishable food items to take away, essential toiletries, warm blankets, water-proof coats and sleeping bags. During the Winter months we supply new insulated and water-proof jackets
The recipients congregate in a line-up and are given a carry bag which they fill with items they choose to take with them including seasonal fruit as well as sandwiches and boiled eggs that are prepare by the meals team which they can take away with them.
Our ‘Rescue’ or emergency hamper distribution commenced this January 2020, an exciting new initiative developed by Jed Fay, our depot manager who saw a growing need for this service.
By referral from other organisations or from individuals, our ‘Rescue’ hampers are created for individuals and families at risk of homelessness or recently re-housed and experiencing financial difficulties.
Those items which are donated but are not suited to street living are stored at our so-called ‘pantry’ at the depot, and used to create these hampers, which provide food for families or individuals for up to one week.
We hope to extend the contents to include ‘back-to-school’ items for school kids, such as pens and other stationary.
BUSY BEE DAYS
We have regular busy-bee days where volunteers can choose to work at the depot, assisting with packaging of items and organising donations. University students and school groups regularly assist us during our Busy-bee days.
These are held at Unit 2/ 28 Munt Street, Bayswater. Busy Bees consist of sorting donations, preparing Care Packs that are needed for Sunday’s distribution. We can also arrange (on request) special “School Holiday Busy Bees” for primary-aged kids.
Updates on Busy Bees are available on our Facebook group.
FOOD AND CLOTHING DONATIONS
Perth Homeless Support Group continually collects and distributes food to those less fortunate through our outreach service. We have ongoing demand for staple items details of which can be found on the contribute page.
We also support the homeless by providing clothing including new underwear and socks.
As we are not a op shop and have limited space we do not accept clothing donations at our depot. Instead clothing donation and distribution is managed by our clothing coordinator who can be reached through our clothing Facebook group.
ADVOCACY AND INFORMATION
Advocacy is all about giving voice to an individual or group in order to achieve positive change.
We at Perth Homeless Support Group are driven by the fundamental belief that homelessness is wrong. Wrong because it is a failure of society that creates victims out of ordinary people and robs them of their potential. Wrong because it can be prevented, it can be solved but is allowed to continue and in doing so, undermines society.
Given that it is estimated that each night, 9000 people in WA experience homelessness, we at PHSG regularly speak to the community and to local and state government on behalf of those in crisis or at risk, to help raise awareness of this growing issue in Perth and throughout WA.