Sleeping rough for homeless

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Cr Kylie Stoneman with Cameron Nicholls and Louise Geoghegan

Volunteers have helped raise awareness of youth homelessness issues in the city, “sleeping rough” for a night to raise funds.

The team led by Cr Kylie Stoneman included Cameron Nicholls, children and youth development officer, and Louise Geoghegan of Home Assist.

They joined a group of 75 other people representing on Tuesday 17 April at the annual SleepOut Challenge as part of the national Youth Homelessness Matters Day, hosted by Ipswich Youth Community Service (ICYS).

Cr Stoneman said there are more than 28,000 young Australians (aged 12-24 years) who are homeless on any given night and that Ipswich was not immune to the problem.

“It’s a serious issue and I know authorities in Ipswich are helping some of our young people find somewhere to stay, a bed to lie in, every night of the week,” she said.

“They are experiencing the pressures of life – they sometimes struggle for food, money and satisfactory accommodation.

Cr Stoneman said it was important to put the issue of youth homelessness in the spotlight.
“Young people and those who work with young people (schools, groups, service providers) slept out at ICYS on the Tuesday night. The SleepOut culminated in a community breakfast the following morning on Youth Homelessness Matters Day,” she said.

Participants were sponsored and helped raise thousands of dollars, with goods and services also donated. Donations are still open for anybody who wishes to make a contribution to supporting young homeless people in our community.  Visit www.icys.org.au/one-time-donation/