Tamworth Family Support Service hosting Homeless Connect Day on July 27

MAKING THE CONNECTION: From left: Bec Browning, Claire Whyte, Sue Ring, Melissa McCluand, Rebecca Benson and Leigh Smith. Photo: Gareth Gardner 140717GGC02
MAKING THE CONNECTION: From left: Bec Browning, Claire Whyte, Sue Ring, Melissa McCluand, Rebecca Benson and Leigh Smith. Photo: Gareth Gardner 140717GGC02

IT’S a chance for the region’s most disconnected to reach out for help.

Tamworth Family Support Service will takeover TRECC later this month for its annual Homeless Connect Day.

The day is an opportunity for the region’s homeless people to link up with the range of service providers which are available to assist.

The aim of the day is to provide access to homeless individuals and those at risk of becoming homess to services that can help, bringing them together under one roof for one day.

There will access to housing services, employment services, legal and financial services, drug and alcohol services, family services, care conversation, haircuts, music, entertainment, health checks, barista coffee, snacks and lunch, clothing and children’s activities.

The connect day has been held in Tamworth for five years linking people with services, government agencies and not-for-profit organisations.

In 2016, the day brought in more than 600 people seeking advice and organisers are expecting that number to grow this year.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 279,000 people were helped by specialist homelessness services in 2015/16.

60 per cent were female and 25 per cent were indigenous.

One in four also had a mental health issue.

Tamworth Homeless Connect Day will be held on Thursday 27th July 2017 from 10.00am to 3.00pm at TRECC.