Volunteers needed for a whole of community response to homelessness

The St Vincent De Paul Society is seeking local volunteers to take part in its upcoming Central Coast Engagement Week.
Running from November 18 to 22, the Society is seeking at least 120 volunteers to assist with Engagement Week activities around the former Gosford LGA.
Society volunteer, Yvonne Murphy, said the work that volunteers will do will go a long way to helping the Society tackle homelessness on the Coast.
“Engagement Week is an initiative in which volunteers locate, identify and survey people who are experiencing rough sleeping,” Murphy explained.
“By conducting an Engagement Week, we can identify the number of people sleeping rough across the Central Coast and begin to assess their individual support needs with the aim of better targeting resources and supports to help people sleeping rough to access and sustain suitable housing,” she said.
Working in teams, volunteers will visit parts of the Coast where people are known to be sleeping rough to assess their health and welfare needs by surveying willing participants over three days.
Murphy said volunteers will be trained to utilise the evidence-based triage tool to make their assessments, but it was imperative that volunteers sign on early so that this training can be delivered.
“Engagement Week presents an opportunity for a whole of community response to homelessness on the Central Coast.
“Volunteers working on Engagement Week include representatives from local government, state government, specialist homelessness services, local businesses and services who work to address disadvantage in our community.
“The training and skills developed by the partners involved in Engagement Week will leave the local service system in a better position to monitor and respond to people sleeping rough on the Central Coast.
“Approximately 120 volunteers will be needed.
“All volunteers will be required to attend a compulsory training session and safety briefing on November 18,” Murphy said.
Interested parties should contact the St Vincent De Paul Society or the Department of Family and Community Services for more information.

Source:
Media release, Oct 23
Yvonne Murphy, The St Vincent De Paul Society

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