Ending the cycle of homelessness in Bathurst

HELPING HAND: Danielle Trudgett, Bec Anderson, Lindsay Wallace and team leader Ange Brown, all from Wattle Tree House, at the barbecue.

HELPING HAND: Danielle Trudgett, Bec Anderson, Lindsay Wallace and team leader Ange Brown, all from Wattle Tree House, at the barbecue.

SERVICE providers working with the homeless and those at risk of being homeless met with the community on Friday as part of an awareness campaign targeting the issue.

Wattle Tree House hosted the event, which included a free barbecue and the chance to meet with other service providers.

Ange Brown, team leader at Wattle Tree House, said the day was about educating the community.

“If there are people out there, or people know others who are having issues, there are services who can help,” she said.

Those utilising the service took advantage of the chance to meet with people, and enjoy a free meal, with people attending the event from 11am.

Those attending also got fresh fruit, water bottles and other giveaways.

Ms Brown said if people are facing homelessness, the sooner they speak up the better.

“We look at the issues people are facing, and try and address them or put them in touch with other service providers who can help.”

Ms Brown said Friday’s barbecue was a chance for everyone in the community to come and talk with service providers and see what assistance is available to them.

“It’s a day of social interaction. People feel comfortable to come and talk and just touch base with other services,” she said.

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