Roslyn Cook from PIAC’s Homeless Persons’ Legal Service (HPLS) recently represented HPLS at Hunter Homeless Connect in Newcastle. Mary Sullivan from our consumer advisory group, Streetcare, also represented HPLS and Streetcare.
Just over 1000 people who are homeless, struggling, doing it tough, or at risk of homelessness attended Hunter Homeless Connect, which is a one-stop-shop of free services, activities, and entertainment.
Over 500 blankets, and 350 care packs were handed out, as well as endless cups of coffee, bacon and egg rolls and steak sandwiches. There were over 300 haircuts and many health checks.
‘These events are a great opportunity for people to address a number of issues at once. Because problems tend to mount up, it really helps when people can access several services in one place. They also provide a chance for services to make connections across the sector,’ said Roslyn Cook, Senior Solicitor with HPLS.
‘It’s great to see the sense of community at these events,’ added Roslyn.