Hervey Bay Independent : 30th October 2014
Halloween Everything for Accessories Decorations Novelties Treats Gifts Eli Waters Shopping Centre | Open Mon-Sat 7am PHONE 4194 0788 A-la-Carte or All You Can Eat Buffet Ph: 07 4125 1233 Lunch Special Home Delivery Community groups reach out to those most in need It’s a global issue but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a local one too. Homelessness is a stark reality for many residents living in the Fraser Coast region. From the young to the disabled, to the elderly and everyone in between; homelessness can touch the lives of anyone, in any community. Shed your notions and predispositions for a moment, for homelessness isn’t defi ned by the drunkard sleeping on the park bench. Often homelessness means sleeping in a car or a borrowed caravan, on a friend’s couch or in temporary sub-standard accommodation. 4 402 Esplan T Torq nade quay (cnr Tav e, vistock k St) c www.chinaworld.com.au D china orld awo drestaurant Councillor for Community, Heritage and Family Services, George Seymour (pictured with Jess Lane from the Community Lifestyles Agency), said youth homelessness was a fairly signifi cant issue in Hervey Bay. “It’s a bigger problem than most people realise,’ Cr Seymour said. “It’s a risky situation for them because they’re only one argument away from living on the street and it’s very diffi cult for them to stay in school or to fi nd jobs.” Cr Seymour has been involved with the remarkable local heroes at Youth Care Hervey Bay who have been providing accommodation and support services to young people for more than two decades. Youth Care provide a safe place for young people to stay, where qualifi ed staff can work with them to develop a case management plan to address their issues. Confl ict with parents, drugs, alcohol and mental health are just a few common drivers behind youth homelessness in the region. Young people stay with Youth Care for as long as they need to, learning important life skills like how to shop and cook to a budget. “We’ve been around for almost 25 years just making sure that nobody falls through the cracks and that young people have somewhere to stay and someone to look out for them,” Cr Seymour said. Last week Youth Care joined forces with a number of community groups, including the Maryborough Community Lifestyles Agency, to undertake a week-long survey of homelessness on the Fraser Coast as part of the Fraser Coast Home for Good project. Volunteers and staff alike worked tirelessly day and night, documenting the extent of homelessness in the region and providing some basic necessities to those in need. “Having the Census every fi ve years gives a bit of a snap shot of the situation,” Cr Seymour said. “We know from the last census that there’s about 100,000 people on any given night that are homeless, nationwide.” Jess Lane from Community Lifestyles Agency coordinated the survey. The Community Lifestyles Agency specialise in providing a wide range of services to people with a disability, including helping them to fi nd accommodation. “Homelessness is something that touches all sectors, not just the youth sector,” Jess said, adding that appropriate housing for people with a physical disability was hard to fi nd on the Fraser Coast - housing that could accommodate someone with a wheelchair or other mobility limitation. Jess said the project was grateful for the contributions of local businesses, community groups and individuals that helped make up the bags of toiletries, bottled water and stationery that were given to the homeless during the survey. Simon Amos, operations manager for Youth Care, said the outcomes of the project would infl uence State government funding in the future. “There may be a lot of people living in short-term accommodation or crashing at someone’s place,” he said. “If we can get those people to come forward and speak with us, then that is going to help us over the next 10 years - this will be the data that they come back to when establishing whether Fraser Coast has a small or huge need.” For help or more information, call the Fraser Coast Home for Good on 0403 792 536. New funding for youth service The Queensland government has announced an open tender to establish a new youth support service for the Fraser Coast. 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