Friday April 11, 2014
NSW Minister for Citizenship & Communities, The Hon Victor Dominello
and Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP visited Fusion Western Sydney on Wednesday evening to help promote an innovative event titled ‘SLEEP IN YOUR CAR’ to raise awareness of young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness within the community.
Fusion Western Sydney is a youth and community development organization based in the heart of St Marys, and this is their second year of hosting and organising this event.
Most people have an image of homelessness as being about older people sleeping rough on the streets. Youth Homelessness Matters Day aims to raise public awareness about youth homelessness and its causes. The day also aims to celebrate the resilience of young people and to convey a message that young people experiencing homelessness are homeless, but not helpless! With good support and accommodation young people can move forward and live their lives productively.
“I am very encouraged to see so many young people getting involved in promoting National Youth Homelessness Matters Day today, which coincides with this week’s NSW Youth Week from 4-13 April 2014” said Minister Victor Dominello, who’s portfolio also has responsibility for Youth Affairs in NSW.
“I am very supportive of the initiatives that Fusion Western Sydney have organized since their doors opened in St Marys two years and I commend Judy Tweeddale and all her hard working staff for their solid efforts in supporting those in need in our community” said Tanya Davies.
“This year we added a new feature to our event titled the ‘Cram on Your Couch’ challenge. Homeless people who are too young to own a car are participating in what is known as ‘couch surfing’, sleeping temporarily on the couches of friends’, neighbours’ and even strangers’ homes and hopping from one home to another on a nightly or weekly basis. This challenge is a way in which we wish to raise community awareness of this difficult experience that many young people in our community are enduring today” said Judy Tweeddale, Centre Manager of Fusion Western Sydney.
For more information about Fusion Western Sydney please visit their website at www.fusionwesternsydney.org.au.