Want to help Close the Gap in Freo?

Be part of the conversation about how we can improve the lives of Aboriginal people in our community on national Close the Gap Day: 10.30am Thursday 15 March

For more information visit:www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/whats-on/closing-gap-yarn

ARTreach in Freo

Today there was the launch of ARTreach which was setup in collaboration with Crossroads program at St Patricks Community Support Centre, Local Drug Action Groups (LDAG), City of Fremantle and Fremantle Police.

In addition to producing some amazing pieces of art, ARTreach has provided a space for those at risk to come together as a group in a safe and welcoming environment.

The artwork will be displayed at the St Pat’s pop-up expo at the Woolstores from 7 March to 14 March (9.00am to 3.00pm)

Artwork is available for sale on line https://www.myminiauction.com/stpats

 

 

 

Field of the Unwanted

Field of the Unwanted is an emerging installation by Chris Williams and Green Brigade. It is an unconventional garden calling attention to the undesirable and unwelcome. Rove through the garden plots with our custodians as they unpack the uses and non-uses of the Field’s cultivated weed varieties.

8 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle (map)
Thur 22 Feb, 5pm – 7.30pm. 

Arrive anytime during opening hours. Roving begins every 2 minutes.

Field of the Unwanted is commissioned as part of our Know Thy Neighbour #2 program and presented in partnership with DADAA.

Next Week is Seniors Week

Homelessness Forum in Freo Tomorrow Night

Sharpen your understanding of the complexity of homelessness, get to know local
service providers and their long term programmes and find out how your passion
and support can make a real change in the community

 

Wednesday 18 October 2017 6.00 to 7.30 pm
Fremantle Town Hall, 8 William Street, Fremantle

Solar for St Pats

This is a great little Freo story. Some very generous  Freo solar and electrical businesses have got together to donate a 6kw solar PV system to one of the housing venues that St Pat’s run in Freo so they can not only lower carbon footprint but also reduce their electricity costs and have more to spend on helping those in need. It is a great outcome.

Here is how WTV reported it on Undercurrent.

 

‘50 Lives 50 Homes’ – a ‘Housing First’ Approach

It was great to be at the ‘50 Lives 50 Homes’ Campaign event this morning hosted by Fremantle MLA and Minister for Community Services Simone McGurk at Parliament House.

The ‘50 Lives 50 Homes’ Campaign is a targeted campaign to collaboratively address the ongoing challenges of housing and supporting homeless people with complex needs who are sleeping rough.

The campaign is using a ‘Housing First’ approach. This approach is based on the concept that a homeless individual’s first and primary need is to obtain stable housing and that other issues that may affect the person can and should be addressed once housing is obtained.

Clients are better able to engage with services, address their mental health, drug and alcohol, and any other support needs once they have stable accommodation. Housing First aims to remove the barriers between individuals and access to housing and support.

To date 50 Lives 50 Homes has achieved the following:

▪ 50 households (with a total of 66 people) have been housed

▪ 46 of these since June 2016

▪ 93% remain housed

I was speaking with Simone about how we might be able to work together to do something like this in Fremantle.

The clear evidence is that it is more effective – and cheaper! – to house someone than try to offer them services living on the street!