Volunteering WA and City of Perth host Homeless Connect Perth

Stephanie Doust gives Manny Salmon a haircut at Homeless Connect Perth
Stephanie Doust gives Manny Salmon a haircut at Homeless Connect Perth

MANNY Salmon got a haircut, went to the dentist and had his dog microchipped yesterday.

He was among about 2000 people at the annual Homeless Connect Perth held in Russell Square, Northbridge that provides essential health services, food and general support for homeless people.

Retired hairdresser Stephanie Doust picked up the scissors again to volunteer for the event.

It was the BHP lab technician’s first Homeless Connect.

“I like to see everyone’s smiles when I’ve finished their hair cut,” she said.

Ms Doust is one of about 450 volunteers who help before, during and after the annual event coordinated by Volunteering WA and the City of Perth.

Jackie Isaccs and Loretta Watson are members of the Women’s International Network Group, aka WING, that helped serve a two-course lunch to guests.

Jackie Isaccs and Loretta Watson from WING

Guests had access to a range of support such as birth certificate services, optometrists and food and clothing shops.

Volunteering WA chief executive Tina Williams said simple things like getting a birth certificate could help the guests access so many other services.

“The idea is they find a permanent pathway out of homelessness from the services on the day,” Ms Williams said.

She said as well as connecting guests to services, Homeless Connect introduced services to each other so they could provide referrals.