Youth Homelessness Matters Day
Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) is a national campaign, held annually since 1990, aimed at raising awareness of youth homelessness amongst decision makers and the wider community.
YHMD is a project of the National Youth Coalition for Housing. Find out more and join the campaign
Meanwhile, the City of Rockingham is partnering with headspace Rockingham to present a fun couch surfing event to mark Youth Homelessness Day and National Youth Week.
Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the Couch Surfing: Race for Youth Homelessness Matters Day on Tuesday 17 April aims to raise awareness of youth homelessness, particularly couch surfing as a form of homelessness, and to facilitate a celebration of young people including their contributions to the community.
“Homelessness is about more than people sleeping rough,” Mayor Sammels said.
“It is a serious issue which affects many people, including children and young people, who live without having a home or the sense of safety, stability and security that a home provides. Many homeless young people spend time couch surfing at other people’s homes where they lack privacy and security.
Many experience severely overcrowded living conditions, creating stress and anxiety.”
Couch Surfing: Race for Youth Homelessness Matters Day will bring local youth services and young people together for the ultimate couch race and car park party.
Young people aged 12-25 years are invited to go along to headspace Rockingham (18 Goddard St, Rockingham WA 6168) from 2pm-5pm and be part of this event. Spectators are invited to watch teams from local youth services manoeuvre their uniquely decorated wheeled couches through a series of challenges in the time trial. After the race there will be a celebration in the car park with free activities and food for local young people.
For more information about the event, contact headspace on 6595 8888 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you or someone you know is experiencing, or is at risk of, homelessness please contact Crisis Care on 1800 199 008.
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