On Monday 17 October, Vinnies held a Night Market for people experiencing homelessness, forming part of the Anti-Poverty Week activities.

The Night Markets was a great event which saw a variety of food stalls, convenience store and clothing market for people sleeping rough throughout our City.

People experienced a fun and vibrant atmosphere, a friendly chat, and live music. They received free clothing from the Vinnies ‘pop-up shop’, toiletries, accessories and a substantial dinner. Food such as vegetables, fruit and bread was also available to take away with them thanks to supplies from Foodbank.

We are grateful for the support of Dinner Peace food van for coming along and Passages staff were more than happy to help out with the food preparation. Domino’s pizza provided regular drop-offs of pizza and despite the cool evening, Mr Whippy proved popular with kids and adults alike.

The event, held at Russell Square Northbridge, achieved its aim to help as many people as possible while providing a warm, friendly and inclusive environment.

Volunteers for the evening came from our members, our staff from our homelessness, mental health, retail, and support areas, volunteers linked to the St Vincent de Paul Society and even some friends and family. Everyone did an amazing job of creating a wonderful, helpful atmosphere for the people we serve.