Raising awareness of youth homelessness was the aim of a recent barbecue at Deniliquin’s Vinnies Services which was held on Youth Homelessness Matters Day.
About 30 people attended, enjoying a sausage sizzle, refreshments and a game of ping pong.
Rural Australia suffers greatly from homelessness however people may not be aware of it because it’s more hidden than in urban areas.
In regional areas people experiencing homelessness are often couch surfing, living in tents, motels and caravans rather than on the street.
Vinnies Services cover homeless issues in the Murrumbidgee area including Barham, Balranald, Tooleybuc, Berrigan, Conargo, Finley, Jerilderie, Moama, Moulamein, Tocumwal and Wakool. Sadly Vinnies staff members often find there are a lot of people displaced in these areas.
Vinnies run early intervention programs that target the source of the issue, being proactive in looking after youth to ensure they stay at home for as long as possible.
These programs are for people 12 to 18 years who are having difficulties, or young people who have recently left home or are thinking about leaving home. The programs are also appropriate for parents or guardians who are concerned about a young person.
To access these services, call Vinnies Services Deniliquin (03) 5881 7411 or visit Inala House at 74 Wellington St, Deniliquin.