UnitingCare West hope to reach a $100,000 target to help reduce homelessness for people living with disability or mental illness, through their annual Winter Appeal.
With the homeless population of Perth approaching 10, 000, UnitingCare West’s 2015 Winter Appeal aims to raise vital funds for those most in need in the WA community. Up to 85% of people experiencing homelessness also have a mental illness (MHCA, 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing); in Perth this equals around 8, 500 people. Mental illness can impact on a person’s ability to maintain housing. In many cases other factors lead to homelessness including relationship breakdown, financial crisis or loss of employment. The experience of a night on the street causes significant emotional and psychological stress.
UnitingCare West CEO, Sue Ash, says the organisation relies on the generous support of the WA community to help run its homelessness services and every dollar makes a difference.
“Your support makes an impact in a number of different ways and enables us to work with this vulnerable group in society to empower them and change their lives for the better. We are seeing people with more complex needs than ever seeking our support and we urge all West Australians to give generously this Winter to help those most in need in our community,” Sue said.
The UnitingCare West Winter Appeal runs throughout June, July and August 2015 to raise much needed funds to support those sleeping rough on the streets of Perth during the coldest months of the year. Just $25 pays for a person’s breakfast for five days at Tranby Day Centre. UnitingCare West also collect items such as sleeping bags, sturdy blankets, jackets and jeans.
Anyone wishing to donate to UnitingCare West’s 2015 Winter Appeal can call 1300 663 298 or visit www.unitingcarewest.org.au.