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!

Now is time to ‘Donate without doubt’

This week (7 to 13 August) is Homelessness Week which seeks to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the issues these people face.

Homelessness continues to rise as an issue across Australia. For example, the number of people accessing specialist homelessness support for financial reasons has increased from 11.2% in 2006-7 to 20.1% in 2015-16 (AHIW, 2016). Fremantle like many centres sees this first hand and is working in partnership with services providers to address this complex and challenging problem.

A  great way for residents to help address homelessness was to support ‘Donate without doubt’. The ‘Donate without doubt’ campaign provides funds to St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, allowing the centre to provide vital services to those in need.

Spare change collection boxes placed throughout the CBD provide a convenient and effective way of donating and all donations are matched dollar for dollar by the City of Fremantle.

Since the launch of the ‘Donate without doubt’ initiative in February 2016, more than $12,000 has been donated to St Patrick’s. These donations help provide emergency relief, housing, meals, education and health services.

Fremantle community had a long standing history of giving.  ‘Donate without doubt’ is a joint collaboration between the City of Fremantle, WA Police and Community Newspaper Group.

Visit  for more information.



As winter sets in…a timely call out for help

St. Pat’s launches their winter appeal next week
Senior case workers will be on hand to give updates about St. Pat’s programs and to give you information on the various ways you can assist St. Pat’s over the winter season.

Join me and like-minded community members as we come together to support Freo’s most vulnerable through the winter.

When: Wednesday, 7th of June 5:30-7pm
Where: St. Pat’s Day Centre,12 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle


Sleep Out Under the Stars 2017

Come on down to the beautiful surrounds of the University of Notre Dame for one of Freo’s favourite fundraisers.
Sleep Out Under the Stars is a very special evening, hosted by St. Patrick’s Community Support Centre and the University of Notre Dame to raise funds and awareness for homelessness.

Join us for an evening of live music, kids’ activities and community spirit…you can then opt to stay over in the gorgeous Malloy Courtyard or Prindiville Hall…or you can head home to your own bed 🙂

Musical acts this year include the soulful jazz stylings of Lois Olney, folk songstress Ezer Eve and of course the fabulous Starlight Hotel featuring clients from St. Pat’s.

Soup provided by Empyrean and crusty bread from Bread in Common.

This ia a family-friendly event…no alcohol permitted.

This is a wonderful way to start a conversation with your friends and family around homelessness…but it’s also a lot of fun too. Hope to see you there!

Saturday May the 6th from 5.30pm at University of Notre Dame Australia

19 Mouat Street, Fremantle