Smoothing the path of those living rough

TWENTY years ago, while living in Sydney, Gypsy Weston and her three young children came all too close to experiencing first-hand the harsh reality of living on the streets.

Now, the 48-year-old Tamworth woman is hoping to recruit some volunteers in time to help local homeless people survive the upcoming winter.

“I don’t do this because I’ve got everything, I do it because I know what it’s like to have nothing,” she said.

“There’s just too many homeless people here for such a small place. During the country music festival they were everywhere.”

Speaking from a popular homeless haunt in Bicentennial Park, Miss Weston said she had no desire to interfere with anyone’s life, but merely be capable of helping should someone want it.

“I don’t want to force these people into anything they don’t want, but they do need things,” she said.

“They need food, they need their clothes washed, they need basics like toiletries, so if people can help with those things it would help them out some.”

Miss Weston started a Facebook page, A Little Help From My Friends, in the hope of forming a network of residents and businesses willing to assist.

“I want to build a network, but I don’t want it to be too formal because you can get bogged down in red tape and rules and regulations and nothing gets done,” she said.

“It would be good one day if we had somewhere that we could say we’ll be at a certain time every day where people can come and get food or a bandage or something.”

To assist Miss Weston, go to the Facebook page A Little Help From My Friends and leave her a message.

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