Rise has been helping the homeless connect to essential services in Perth.
This week Rise was part of the Homeless Connect Perth event in the city.
The event is a partnership between Volunteering WA and the City of Perth. It is a one-stop-shop of services for homeless people.
Homeless Connect brings together volunteers, government, community groups and businesses. They provide a range of free essential services to people who are or who are at risk of homelessness.
- accommodation assistance
- legal advice
- free GP, dental, podiatry and optometry services
- financial counselling
- free shop facility with food, clothing, and toiletries
- personal hygiene – haircuts and showers)
- meal service
- sporting and arts activities.
The Rise Mental Health team was involved in the event and had a stall. Many of the people we support are at risk of homelessness.
Mental Health Service Coordinator Nina Martin said it was a wonderful day out for everyone.
There was such a buzz at our stall and it was great to see so many people helped. We handed out mini toiletries and had the chance for lots of meaningful connections and sharing information about our services.
Rise helps the homeless
This year Rise staff helped to collect items which were handed out on the day. Keryn from the Mental Health Team was part of the Essentials for Women campaign.
Donations of new women’s underwear, sanitary items and toiletries were collected and handed out at Homeless Connect.
For the first time, some of our clients across the mental health and youth divisions benefited from the donations.
Keryn said she it was the second year she had been involved. She was impressed by the number of donations from Rise staff.
Thanks again to everyone who donated items, with so many essential Essential for Women goodies helping our clients.
Rise provides a number of mental health services. This includes individual support, peer support and housing. For more information click here.