Homelessness Week: City of Rockingham raises awareness

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THE issue of homelessness has been in focus across the City of Rockingham from August 6 to 12, with a number of free community events set to be held as part of Homelessness Week 2018.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said homelessness was a complex issue that affected people from all walks of life.

“For those who live without a home, basic needs such as a sense of safety, security and stability don’t exist, making life incredibly difficult,” he said.

“The stress and anxiety from problems like this can be huge, which is why we need to ensure we are doing all we can as a community to help end homelessness.”

On Thursday, August 16, the City will provide a free De-escalation workshop for local not-for-profit groups, homeless advocates and service providers who work within the City. The fully booked workshop is the second the City will run this year and helps upskill participants in areas such as personal safety, recognising danger and the relevance of mental health.

Homelessness Week is an annual event co-ordinated by Homelessness Australia to raise awareness of homelessness and the actions needed to achieve lasting solutions.

For more information on the services and organisations providing support to those who are homeless or at risk of homeless, visit Wellbeing Services.