On Wednesday 8 August Yvette Berry will open ‘Homeless Connect’ - an event to provide connections for people experiencing homelessness in our community.


Vinnies, in conjunction with Early Morning Centre, Northside Community Service and many others*, is hosting the event that aims to connect people with services to help them access housing.

Additionally there will be private, public and community sector organisations on hand to provide free assistance, services and products to Canberrans experiencing homelessness.

Such services include hairdressers, podiatrists, makeup artists, material aid, pet food, and bike repairs.

Mr Warwick Fulton, President of the St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn said, “On any given night in Canberra there are 1596 people who are homeless.”

“They could be sleeping rough, couch surfing or living in unsafe over-crowded dwellings. They have no stable home. However, with a supportive community behind them and access to services, there is every chance of breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness.”

“Homeless Connect Canberra is a one-stop-shop, where business and community groups come together to help those who need it the most,” said Mr Fulton.

“Vinnies will be there on site to offer assistance through our Night Patrol van, Vinnies Thread Together clothing hub, Conference Support, our Community Inclusion Program, NDIS Mental Health Services and our Streets to Home program,” said Mr Fulton.

Nicole Lawder and Elizabeth Lee will also be in attendance at this event.


*Services collaborating to present Homeless Connect: Early Morning Centre (EMC), St Vincent De Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn, Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), Northside Community services, Communities@Work, Onelink, Woden Community Services, Ted Noffs, Redcross Australia


2 August 2018