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Our homelessness crisis

More than 28,000 people of all ages in NSW are experiencing homelessness – more than in any other state.

Tweed Shire has one of the highest homeless rates in NSW. The latest Census recorded 444 officially homeless people, and a further 468 people in improvised or crowded dwellings, or “marginally housed” in caravan parks.

As well as living in poverty many of these local people – women, men, young people, families – don’t have regular access to food, bathroom and laundry facilities, medical care, or help to access government services such as Centrelink.

This impacts on personal dignity, health and wellbeing, prospects of getting a job and forming social relationships, even on their mental health.

That’s why Fred’s Place in Tweed Heads is so important. For the past five years, we have been offering light meals, showers and laundry, clinics with a doctor and nurse, computer and phone access, support with legal and tenancy issues, and a safe place to have a cuppa and relax.

There’s nowhere else in Tweed Shire like Fred’s Place, and importantly for our visitors there is no charge for anything. It is this annual sleepout, plus donations and sales in Vinnies charity shops, that keeps the doors open at Fred’s Place.

Please join Fred’s Place Community Sleepout – Thursday 29 August 2019

Register or sponsor a participant to help us improve the lives of people who are homeless or in risky situations.

Why we need your support

It is critical that we provide people experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness with the support to rebuild their lives and reconnect with the community.

How can you help

Register to sleep and raise funds, sponsor another sleeper or make a separate donation

Fred’s Place – Tweed Heads Community Sleepout is a night for everyone – local community members, corporate partners, club members, sports personalities, government representatives and more to band together for an informative and fun night.

Bring: Cardboard boxes will be available for sleeping or bring a small tent or tarp, warm clothing, sleeping bags or blankets, sleep in your car if you like – and a warm heart!

Thanks to all our supporters

Fred’s Place Community Sleepout met our fundraising target last year and this helped ensure this vital service can stay open five days a week. We thank everyone who has helped us, whether by donating, sponsoring sleepers or sleeping out themselves.

Tweed Coast Clubs have been committed sponsors, and we are truly grateful to them. One of their member clubs Seagulls, is again providing the space for the sleepout with proper security and toilet facilities for sleepers and a light evening meal. We thank them for their generosity and their understanding of this important community issue.

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