Youth Homelessness Matters Day is a national campaign developed by the National Youth Coalition for Housing to break down stereotypes associated with youth homelessness and ensure young people have greater access to support services. There are around 44,000 children and young people who are homeless across Australia. Children and young people between the ages of 12 and 24 account for one quarter of Australia’s homeless population, with a further 17% being under the age of 12 (2011 Australian Census).
Mayor Barry Sammels said the Couch Surfing: Race for Youth Homelessness Matters Day on Monday 10 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 come 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 the City on 9528 0333 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.