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As you go to sleep tonight and every night in a safe secure home, think of the thousands of young people experiencing homelessness who are out on the street alone, sleeping in a park or couch surfing in someone’s living room.
Sunday 15 April 2018 is Youth Homelessness Matters Day. The misconception is that young people become homeless by choice are often vastly different to the reality, and the real issues are complex and varied. For at-risk young people, their lives may have become emotionally and often, physically unbearable due to their home life. Some may be burdened by the disadvantages of poverty, neglect, abuse, substance or alcohol abuse, disabilities and mental illness.
This cycle of events may cause some young people to feel like there is no other option available to them and no-where else to go, therefore they become isolated from mainstream society, the community and are eventually forgotten.
Statistics show young people experiencing homelessness are less likely to stay in school, find sustainable employment, get access to rental housing and maintain friendships. They are highly more likely to experience mental health illnesses, substance abuse and poor nutrition. Not having access to a stable home environment also places young people on the margins of society where they will encounter prejudice and find it difficult to access mainstream services many of us take for granted such as seeing a doctor or a dentist. Without the right support, many will struggle with homelessness for the rest of their lives and feel completely abandoned.
Today is an opportunity for us all to move beyond of the thought of simply 'helping the homeless' but to fully understanding the situation and recognising the issue as something that affects us all as well.
Volunteering Queensland offers the below opportunities where you can help and support youth homelessness:
for Access Outreach Australia
Access Street Vans are a project of Access Outreach, and urban missionary program supporting the homeless and disadvantaged. We are looking for a dedicated volunteers to join our Outreach Street Van Crew Team and feed homeless members of the community. Day time and evening shifts available.
for Signal Flare Inc.
Signal Flare is a charity that supports the homeless and anyone who is living in financial hardship in the greater Brisbane area. We are looking for a Donations Coordinator to manage all aspects of getting donations to our events on a quarterly basis.
for Signal Flare Inc.
Signal Flare is a not for profit charity that supports the homeless and anyone who is living in financial hardship in the greater Brisbane area. We are looking for a Logistics Coordinator to manage all aspects of booking and transportation of non-donations to our events on a quarterly basis.
for Orange Sky Townsville
Orange Sky Australia is seeking two motivated and passionate people to help coordinate our new free mobile laundry service for the homeless. If you're super organised, great with people and have a genuine passion for helping others, this could be the perfect role for you! The service will be launching in late 2017!
for Saint Andrew's Uniting Church
Our weekly Community Meals Project provides a 2 course sit down meal to the homeless and those who would otherwise go hungry over the weekend. This service has been going in Brisbane City since August 2015. We would appreciate your help in keeping it going.
for Drug ARM Australasia
We are looking for energetic volunteers to join our BRISBANE Street Outreach Service team and to engage, encourage and empower service users or at risk of homesleesness through the provision of a mobile support, referral and educational services in which those who engage our services feel supported but our Outreach program.
for Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth Inc.
An Ashmore to Southport based organisation working with homeless youth requires a volunteer Handyman/Maintenance person with skills and/or experience in the building related trades. Hours and days are negotiable.