About the Campaign
“Couch surfing” – a glamorous term given to young homeless people. In reality it represents a feeling of fear… a feeling that you don’t belong…that you’re not loved… that you have no one and nowhere to turn… no one on your side… no future.
Imagine being that young person. Your world has already spiralled out of control. You feel alone. If you’re still in school or seeing your mates you spend most of your day covering up for the fact that you’re on the streets…. keeping yourself clean and tidy and finding somewhere warm and dry to do your homework. But they know somethings not right and start to avoid you…isolating you even more.
Then you hear about Streetwork. They help young people like you. You don’t need to be referred … or diagnosed with anything…or classified in order to qualify. They give you a youth worker … someone who cares…. someone who can help you get your head together…and connect you with the people who can help. They’ll advocate for you with family, schools and whoever. They’ll help you find a future.
On 23rd August I will be sleeping rough to raise awareness of homeless young people. Young people who, for one reason or another, can’t or won’t go home. They couch surf for a while until they run out of favours and are forced to find shelter on the streets.
92 cents in every dollar goes DIRECTLY to pay for front line services. The more money we raise the more youth workers we can employ and the more young people we can help. It’s that simple!
A nice dinner for two in a warm dry restaurant will set you back about $100 per head…. that same $200 can pay for a mentoring session with a young person that can make the difference between safety and danger… life and death
I love my bed, my aircon and my electric blanket more than most people and I will be deeply uncomfortable and bitterly cold all night….surely that’s worth digging deep for!
Let me know if you’d like to help StreetWork in other ways too.