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October News and Events

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Here is the latest news from Perth Homeless Support Group.

In this edition:

  • Depot News
  • Outreach news
  • Movie Fundraiser - Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Lord Mayor Candidates and Perth's Homeless
  • Community Support
  • Walk for Mental Health
  • Food and Essential Items We Need
Depot news

Kids parties rock at the Depot

On September 19th we hosted our first PHSG kids’ birthday party. Lilly decided that her friends should donate gifts to us instead of to her - how absolutely amazing is that! We are so proud of all the young kids who are seeing the need and making such a big difference. Thank you, Lilly, for being a true PHSG Champion!!

We have also had our Kids School Holiday Busy Bee this week where the kids made beautiful lolly bags with messages of love and hope that will be distributed at the Outreach this Sunday.

Grants

We have been successful in a receiving the St John WA Heart Grant from Lotterywest for the installation of a defibrillator at our premises. The new defibrillator will be installed outdoors on our depot wall in a lock box where it can be used by members of the public. We will hold a free training session to learn how we can use it during October with St. John. WA. Thank you Lotterywest and St. John. WA.

Volunteer Drivers

We have many volunteer roles here at the depot and are still needing volunteers drivers for Tuesday collections. Please feel free to visit our website if you are interested.

Winter Appeal

I know it’s hard to believe that as we are approaching Summer, our Winter Appeal has already begun! This will enable us to raise $10,000 towards the purchase of next year’s Winter warm jackets and other warm/wet weather gear for our street friends. Check our website or FB for more information.

Movie Fundraiser - Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Perth Homeless Support Group are holding a Movie Charity Fundraiser at The Backlot private luxury cinema, in West Perth on Saturday 21st November.

Its time for some singing and dress-ups along with Fanta-Sea from Dafaq Entertainment, who will get us singing as we watch The Rocky Horror Show 

Tickets just $25 with door prizes, raffles and prizes for the best dress ups.

Annie's Woodfired Pizza Truck will be there from 6pm for dinner before the movie. Doors and Bar open at 6pm and the movie starts at 6.45pm.

All proceeds go to the purchase of food and toiletries on behalf of those experiencing homelessness.

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Outreach News

This month we temporarily moved our Sunday morning Outreach to Wellington Square due to works at the Moore St. site. The City of Perth have set aside $140,000 for the Moore Street site to upgrade the site and facilitate access to homelessness services. Therefore, this move is for approx. 6 weeks only, and we are all really enjoying the sunnier weather and greener pastures for sure. To date we have had visits to our outreach by Michelle Reynolds, Sandie Anghie, Mark Gibson, Tim Schwass and Bruce Reynolds, as well as an interview by Channel 10 news. We are delighted that they have all taken such an effort in our charity. Homelessness has been a hot topic for mayoral candidates as the local government election draws closer. Although one of the mayoral candidates has famously called for people sleeping rough to be moved out of the CBD, "forcibly" if necessary, we know that many of the other candidates are keen to find solutions that really work.

Our amazing volunteers at our Sunday Outreach at Wellington Square

Our volunteers packing hundreds of Care Packs at our Busy Bee on Wednesday. Our volunteers are the best, we simply could not function without them all.

Lord Mayor Candidates and Perth's Homeless

City Rotary Breakfast Club organised breakfast with the City of Perth Mayor candidates on Wednesday 16 September at the Royal Perth Yacht Club. Most of the PHSG committee members attended. The candidates for the upcoming Lord Mayor election who attended this event are as follows: Di Bain, Mark Gibson, Brodie McCulloch, Sandy Anghie and Tim Schwass. They were all given the opportunity to share their views on Perth’s homelessness and offer solutions for change. 

PHSG committee from right: Michael Edwards, Ron Reid, Jed Fay, Aaron McGregor, Fiona Burns

Jed Fay, Mark Gibson, Sandie Anghie, Sepo from Street Friends and representative from Rotary Club

The following Tuesday 22nd September, Shelter WA & the WA Alliance to End Homelessness hosted a forum over lunch at The Platform, Adelaide Terrace, Perth, between the seven candidates. Also in attendance were Uncle Ben Taylor and Aunt Mingli, Sandy Verschoor – (Lord Mayor of Adelaide), Amanda Hunt, CEO from Uniting WA (the organisation behind Tranby) and Josh Serafini, Lived Experience Advocate. Jed Fay, Aaron McGregor, Wayne Knott and Kerry Herd attended on behalf of PHSG. Shelter WA CEO Michelle Mackenzie is delighted each candidate committed to attend. “Never have we seen homelessness in the city so heavily scrutinised in a mayoral election,” Ms Mackenzie said. “This tells us the community is looking for strong solutions to be brought to the table and our sector has the evidence and knows what works”. The City has continued to address homelessness through an Action Plan which aligns with All Paths Lead to a Home: Western Australia’s 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020-2030, and the WA Alliance to End Homelessness’ 10-Year Strategy to End Homelessness in Western Australia.

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Jed Fay and Sandy Angie at Shelter WA forum

Aaron McGregor and Jed with Mark Gibson at the Shelter WA forum

Community Support this Month

A massive thank you goes out to all our supporters this month. We are constantly amazed by the ongoing support we receive from our primary aged school kids. Thank you, Tejas Gamer who is in Year 6 at Wattle Grove Primary School. She collected two crates of canned and packet foods as part of her school community project. Thanks also to Emma Schneenberger and Amie Rabbett from Tapping Primary School for their donations of items for our care packs. We would also like to thank Harrisdale Primary School as they purchased items for our care packs during their silly sock’s day at school. Bull Creek Primary School also undertook a snack drive collection during this term. Carmel School also continue to support us through regularly helping to prepare sandwiches fortnightly during our Busy Bee Meal preparation sessions. Massive thank you from everyone here at PHSG. You are all awesome and really do make a difference to those doing it tough on the streets!

We are in awe of the mammoth effort by the Ballajurra Community and Michelle Tiessen, who coordinated this drive over 7-8 weeks. They have provided us with multiple truckloads of literally hundreds of items including toiletries, drinks, snacks, pet food, blankets, socks. Thank you also to Sandy Taylor from PVWA (Preventing Violence Against Women) and the team at CFMEU WA, for donation of three ute loads of items that filled up our shelves. We would also like to thank the staff at the WA Dept of Finance and Cameron Gibson, for donating funds. We would also like to thank the staff at the MPM group in Osborne Park and Mandy Italiano for their donation drive at work.

This month LUSH on Murray St have supported us through the Charity Pot sales. From 23-30th Sept. all proceeds from their sale of Charity Pots Hand and Body Lotion go to us. Thank you so so much Annie, Noah and Rhianna.

This is the team at CFMEU WA

Walk for Mental Health - WA

The Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) works to deepen understanding of the importance of mental wellbeing. The Foundation’s work has been critical to changing community attitudes and raising awareness of the importance of good mental health. Support MHFA and walk for better mental health in Perry Lakes on the 18th of October 2020 at 10:00-12:30. This is a free event and you can register online

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Items We Always Need

Whilst every donation is greatly appreciated there are a number of items we always need.

Bottled water, long life milk, Up & Go breakfast drinks, sanitiser,  wet wipes, NEW underwear and socks

These items can be dropped off at our headquarters located at 2/28 Munt St Baywater on weekdays between 10am and 2pm or phone us to arrange collection.

Other items we use include:

NON PERISHABLE FOOD - Preferably cans with ring-pull opener.
Baked beans, Spaghetti, Noodles In a cup, Long life cheese and crackers, Tinned tuna, Sardines in tomato sauce, Up and go breakfast drinks, Sustagen, Fruit tubs, Fruit juice boxes,Vanilla creamed rice, Sultanas ,Arnotts shapes, Le snacks, Sultanas, Jelly beans, Barley sugar, Jelly babies, Chip snack packs, Mints.

TOILETRIES:
Soap, Shampoo, Body wash, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Razors, Deodorant (roll on only), Wet wipes, Combs, Brushes , Condoms,
Essential Women supply us with Tampons etc.

SUNDRIES
Sleeping bags, Torches and batteries, Blankets (DARK COLOURS ONLY), Scarves, Beanies, Socks (NEW socks please) Mens underwear M-L, Womens underwear Sizes 10 -16 . Please No Used Underwear or Socks.

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