Youth homelessness matters in Clarence

HOMELESS youth in the Clarence municipality received a valuable helping hand when the Clarence City Council’s Youth Network Advisory Group (YNAG) and the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre donated more than 50 bags of hygiene products and other items.

The items were handed over to St Vincent De Paul’s mobile service Loui’s Van in recognition of Youth Homelessness Matters Day.

YNAG member Demi Smith said the bags would provide much needed supplies for homeless people in the community.

“At the beginning of last year, YNAG recognised that homelessness was a critical issue affecting people aged from 12 to 25-years and that we should work toward fixing it,” she said.

“Homelessness is not a foreign subject for YNAG, as many of our members have experienced it firsthand.

“This is heartbreaking, but it does give our group an insight into how important it is to support people going through this situation.

“Everyone has the power to make a difference in society by standing up, raising your voice and deciding that you want to stop homelessness.”

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said the Clarence City Council was pleased to offer its support to the initiative.

“Youth Homelessness Matters Day is an important way to recognise the challenges young people face in finding stable housing,” he said.

“I commend YNAG and the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre, as well as the members of the community who have provided financial support and assistance with putting together these bags.”

During the past year, YNAG has taken part in the Hidden Others Short Film Competition to raise awareness of youth homelessness, as well as attended symposiums and education sessions to better understand the issue and what young people need.

Caption: From left, Clare Scallon from the St Vincent de Paul Society, Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman, Minister for Human Services Jacquie Petrusma, Clarence City Council Youth Network Advisory Group member Demi Smith and Leanne Doherty from the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre.