2017 Anglicare WA School Sleep Out

In Western Australia, on any given night, around 6,000 young people experience homelessness. Many more are at risk of becoming homeless. On Friday 4 August 2017, students from schools across Perth will ‘sleep out’ at nib Stadium to experience for just one night what many young Western Australians endure every night. The Sleep Out will give participants a genuine glimpse into the lives of homeless young people and the issues they face on a daily basis.
 
Students will hear from guest speakers such as Anglicare WA staff and youth workers, and participate in workshops to give them a deeper understanding of the issues faced by many young Western Australians. They will then face the elements for the night as they try to get some sleep. This is sure to be an experience that will stay with them for a long time.
 
All funds raised by the students in the lead up to the Sleep Out will go directly to Street Connect, Anglicare WA’s mobile youth outreach service, which assists homeless youth in the Perth CBD.
 
Street Connect
 
Street Connect is a youth friendly outreach service which assists homeless and “at risk” young people aged 15-25 in the Perth inner city area in making positive life changes. Two qualified youth workers utilise a mobile youth resource centre (the bus) to engage street present young people, aiming to develop solid relationships and offer support and information to “at risk” young people.
 
The bus is a safe space for all youth and is stocked with various pamphlets, a mobile phone to call services with, sandwiches and water as well as blankets, sleeping bags, hygiene packs, pregnancy tests, condoms and a first aid kit.
 
Street Connect does not receive any government funding and relies entirely on donations and fundraising to survive.