Local youths donate swags for the homeless

MEMBERS of the Derwent Valley’s peak youth organisation are supporting today’s national Youth Homelessness Matters Day with donations to aid young people in need.

In support of Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD), the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D’FAT) will donate six swags to the The Salvation Army’s Street2Home program. The group has also donated six sleeping bags to the same cause.

“YHMD is an annual project of the National Youth Coalition for Housing which aims to raise awareness and public discussion regarding youth homelessness so that sustainable and innovative solutions can be developed,” D’FAT facilitator Matt Hill said.

“One quarter of all Tasmanians experiencing homelessness are young people aged 12 to 24. D’FAT has participated in YHMD since 2013 and is again supporting this worthwhile cause during 2020,” Mr Hill said.

D’FAT member Jasmine Riseley with one of
the swags being donated to the Salvos, and,
inset, Amy McDonald showing one of the
sleeping bags also being donated.

D’FAT chairman Nic Kaiser said D’FAT was pleased to support YHMD during 2020 through the donation of six high-quality Dune Tracker Swags to Street2Home program of The Salvation Army that helps people in crisis.

“The swags were purchased from funds raised from D’FAT activities and projects,” Mr Kaiser said. D’FAT has also donated six sleeping bags. Since 2012 The Salvation Army has employed a support worker to help the growing number of homeless people in the Greater Hobart area. Street2Home locates the ever-increasing number of people in an accommodation crisis, assesses their needs, and link them with support services,” he said.

“Street2Home helps people who would not otherwise use mainstream services – or may have been barred from them – for reasons including undiagnosed/unmedicated mental health issues, problematic substance use, and physical or intellectual disabilities,” Mr Hill said.

Mr Hill participated in “Sleep Out With the Salvos” in 2018 and 2019 to help raise funds for the Street2Home program. “Support from Sleepers and sponsors alike are vital for S2H to continue in Southern Tasmania,” Mr Hill said.

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