Fundraiser launched to keep Tranby Centre open seven days to feed homeless

Hush Mohammed (Support Worker) at Tranby Centre in East Perth. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Hush Mohammed (Support Worker) at Tranby Centre in East Perth. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

UNITINGCARE West (UCW) is calling on the public to help them achieve their goal of keeping Tranby Centre open seven days a week and upgrade facilities by the end of the year.

The East Perth centre provides support to up to 200 people sleeping it rough every morning six days a week, and is seeking financial assistance to achieve the new goal.

Centre manager Jane Hulands said staff were keen to see the “clinical” appearance of the dining space gone.

“We want to redesign the space and knock down some walls and make it into a more user friendly,” she said.

“It’s about valuing the lives of people who are homeless. They don’t deserve second best.”

She said they hoped to have the makeover completed within the next six months.

Chief executive Amanda Hunt said the Transform Tranby project was aligned with the WA Alliance to End Homelessness’ (WAAEH) 10-Year Strategy to End Homelessness in WA, launched in April.

“UCW is totally committed to making a significant contribution to reaching this target by 2028,” she said.

“It is about redefining how we address homelessness services, placing a greater emphasis on giving people a hand up, not just a hand out.”

Last year, UCW raised more than $150,000 to open the centre on Saturday mornings.

Social media users are also encouraged to join in and share the ‘Transform Tranby’ message on July 6, in which all messages will be posted to Facebook and Twitter at the same time.

To support the fundraiser, call 1300 663 298 or visit unitingcarewest.org.au.