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Chairman’s Report It is with pleasure that I welcome you to the December edition of the Passages Resource Centre newsletter. This past year has been filled with a number of successes and opportunities for everyone involved with Northbridge and Peel. Almost 12 months after the opening of Passages Peel and the service is already proving to be a vital lifeline in the region. And Passages Northbridge continues to be busy, working alongside numerous agencies and engaging with a number of programs to provide integral support to disadvantaged young people. I hope you enjoy reading this edition of the Passages newsletter which features many stories and achievements from both centres such as the 2012 Passages Race Day, participation in Homeless Person’s and Mental Health Weeks and the support of a particular young person who has now gone on to study criminology at university.

Passages Networking Event

You will have seen a lot in the press recently about mental health services and the lack of services for youth. I agree entirely and endorse the letters that Keith Wilson writes to the West Australian, and recall he was saying the same things when advising our initial committee in 1998. Without the generosity and commitment of all the staff, committee members, donors and supporters of Passages Resource Centre, this vital work would not be possible, so on behalf of all the young people who have been assisted by Passages, thank you. In closing I would like to wish you and your families a very safe, happy and joyous Christmas and New Year and thank you all for your ongoing support of the Passages Resource Centres in Northbridge and Peel.

Kind regards David Reed OAM Chairman Passages Resource Centre Board

‘Home is where my heart is...’

Young people from Passages Northbridge and Peel contributed to the 2012 YACWA exhibition of ‘Home is where my heart is.....’ This program has been highly successful for a number of years in engaging young people on the topic of what home means to them and supporting them to present this in photographic form. The exhibition this year featured some very moving illustrations and heart-warming descriptions of places that were at some point so close to the contributor’s heart.

Homeless Connect 2012

Passages Northbridge hosted its first ‘Passages Network Quarterly’ to correspond with Mental Health Week and the key topic, Connect. It is hoped this event will be repeated at Passages on a quarterly basis involving many of the services that work out of Passages each week. Those attending the inaugural meeting included Ruah Community Services, Perth Inner City Youth Service, Street Connect, Foyer Project, Starfish Consulting, Create Foundation, Youthlink, DAYS, Save a Mate, Youth Futures WA, Street Law and Allens Linklaters. It is hoped the next event will take place 1 February 2013. A newsletter from Passages Resource Centre

Passages Northbridge participated in the Homeless Connect event at Russell Square on Wednesday 14 November. This one-stop-shop for homelessness was a great success. Passages staff organised a stall, assisted by some of the young people who use the service regularly. These young people acted as leaders on the day and helped to promote Passages to other young people visiting the stall, giving their perspective as to why Passages is so important to youth with a lived experience of homelessness between 12 and 25 years.

Motivation through Movies

Passages is looking for one or more benefactors who can provide movie tickets that can be used as motivation for young people who are working hard towards making positive changes in their lives. If you would like to support Passages with movie tickets or know someone who may be interested in getting involved, contact the St Vincent de Paul Society PR & Fundraising Manager on 9475 5400 or partnerships@svdpwa.org.au. Issue 06 | Summer 2012


2012 Vinnies CEO Sleepout The third annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout on Thursday 21 June at the WACA, Perth was the most successful held so far with a record 106 business and community leaders participating and over $820,000 raised for the St Vincent de Paul Society’s homeless services including Passages Resource Centres in Northbridge and Peel.

Registrations for the 2013 Vinnies CEO Sleepout, to be held on Thursday 20 June, are now open. Visit www.ceosleepout.org.au for further information on the event, to register or to make a donation.

Funds raised will be used across a number of initiatives including the ongoing support of the Passages Resource Centre education and training program and operational support for Passages Resource Centre Peel. Participants and top fundraisers in 2012 who braved the chilly 1.8 degree C. early morning minimum included Barry Felstead - Crown Perth, John Welbourn - Equatorial Resources Limited, Rob Velletri - Monodelphous Group, Brian Kelly - Kentz Pty Ltd, Mike Young - BC Iron Limited, Keith Gordon - Emeco Holding, Mark Pownell - WA Business News, Adam Boyd - Pacific Energy Limited, Graeme Prior - Hall & Prior Aged Care, Bob Bollen - Benz Industries WA Pty Ltd. The night began with dinner comprising a cup of soup and a bread roll followed by the emotional stories of people who have been assisted by Passages and other St Vincent de Paul Society homeless services. First time participant Mike Young, CEO BC Iron, shared his reasons for participating this year – the moving story of his older brother Skip who overcame drug addiction and survived four years of homelessness in northern Canada with the help of a community welfare organisation. Once the official proceedings ended participants collected their cardboard and headed out into the grounds of the WACA to find a position to sleep for the night.

Hats, Fascinators, Fillies and Fun Hats, Fascinators and Fillies created a lively, fun filled and colourful theme for the 2012 Passages Race Day on Saturday 19 May at Belmont Park Racecourse. This year’s event raised over $72,000 to support the work of Passages Resource Centre in Northbridge. Nick Way from Channel 10 generously donated his time to MC the event for the fourth year running. Funds raised at this year’s Race Day will assist the centre to provide support, advocacy, referrals and services such as kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities and phone and computer access to homeless and street present young people between 12 and 25 years of age. The 2013 Passages Race Day will be held on Saturday 18 May. If you would like to assist with next year’s event by sponsoring a table, donating auction items or assisting in any way please contact the St Vincent de Paul Society Events Coordinator on 9475 5414 or events@svdpwa.org.au.


Passages Northbridge Timetable Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9am-12pm // 1pm-4pm

9am-12pm // 1pm-4pm

9am-12pm // 1pm-4pm

9am-12pm // 1pm-4pm

9am-1pm

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club

Street Doctor 9am-3pm

DAYS Outreach 10am-11.30am

Youthlink 10.30am-12pm

Passages Workshop 1pm-3pm

Lynks Counselling 1pm-2pm

‘Food Cents’ Healthy Cooking 1pm-3pm

Street Law 10.30am-12pm

BBQ 10.45am-1pm WASUA Outreach 11am-1pm Centrelink Community Team 10am-12pm

Youth Futures WA 1pm-3pm

Passages Peel Timetable Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9am-12pm // 1pm-4pm

9am-12pm // 1pm-4pm

9am-12pm // 1pm-4pm

9am-12pm // 1pm-4pm

9am-1pm

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club

WASUA 1.30pm-3.30pm (fortnightly)

Healthy Cooking 1pm-3pm

Peel Mental Health 1pm-2pm (fortnightly)

Allambee 10.30am-12pm (fortnightly)

BBQ 10.45am-1pm DAYS 11am-1pm (fortnightly)

Workshop 1pm-3pm

7th National Homelessness Conference

Can you help Passages?

In September, Niall Rhatigan, Manager of Passages Northbridge attended the 7th National Homelessness Conference, organised by Homelessness Australia.

Passages Board:

Passages is in need of travel size toiletries which can utilised by young people visiting the centres. Items most needed are female hygiene and sanitary products. To donate items to Passages, contact the St Vincent de Paul Society Fundraising Coordinator on 9475 5414 or fundraising@svdpwa.org.au.

Northbridge: David Reed OAM (Chairperson), Jeff Leach, Maurice Rousset, John Meahan, Mike Board, Ashley Ladner, Joanne Motteram, Mark Fitzpatrick, Yvonne Pallier, Niall Rhatigan.

There were a variety of passionate speakers on key topics in Homelessness and some of the highlights included Housing First (National Alliance to End Homelessness in the US), the Foyer Model (Anglicare and The Ladder Program), People experiencing homelessness and ‘on-thespot’ fines: it’s not fine! (Deakin University School of Law) and lastly Mark McGreevy, CEO of DEPAUL International, workshops on the importance of a ‘Values Led’ approach within organisations, and secondly on the ‘Top 10 Issues Facing Homelessness Agencies Today’.

St Vincent de Paul Society Annual Report

The Conference was a great opportunity to focus on what can be achieved in particular through collaboration with other service providers.

The St Vincent de Paul Society Annual Report is now available. To request a copy contact the Society on 9475 5400 or newsletters@svdpwa.org.au.

Peel: David Reed OAM (Chairperson), Stewart Forrest, Gary Brown, Vince Spargo, Jim Mather, John Perry, John Toovey, Pat Schraven, Geoff Winton, Yvonne Pallier, Megan Bury.


Mental Health Week 2012 Passages Northbridge embraced the main topics of Mental Health Week 2012 of Celebrate, Connect, and Grow.

Celebrate: Passages staff and young people celebrated by creating t-shirts representing each young person’s time at Passages. A display was also created to celebrate people who function well while living with a mental illness.

Connect: Passages staff organised a networking event

to connect with all of the wonderful services that work with Passages on a regular basis. Young people were also encouraged to check on each other and ask someone ‘how are you feeling?’

Grow: One of the events to represent ‘grow’ was to create a new experience for many of the young people at Passages. Staff tried to do this by introducing young people to new food experiences. There were some particularly funny faces made when trying foods, such as: Yemistes, hummus, baguettes, prawns, mushrooms, bruschetta, chorizo, and a mix of different vegetables.

Perth Registry Week Passages Northbridge staff participated in the inaugural Perth Registry Week during early August 2012. Registry Week was organised by Ruah Community Services to assess the needs of ‘Rough Sleeping’ homeless people in the Cities of Perth and Vincent. A snapshot of homelessness in Perth was carried out using an assessment tool called the ‘Vulnerability Index’. Volunteers for the week were trained in delivering this assessment in a sensitive but accurate manner over three nights, 14, 15 and 16 August between 3am and 7am. Assessments were also carried out at many homeless services during the day including Passages. Results were correlated and presented at the end of the week by Micah Projects and Ruah Community Services. The main aim of Perth Registry Week was to find those who are most at risk in these areas and attempt to address their needs with appropriate services. The Vulnerability Index will continually be updated by services working with those who are homeless. It is hoped that service partnerships developed during this week will find some positive outcomes for those surveyed.

Some of the most interesting findings were as follows: • • • •

Of the 158 surveys completed 37 were from young people under 25 Just over 50% (18) were seen as ‘vulnerable’ Just over 50% (18) had been in foster or state care The youngest respondent was 13

Homeless Persons’ Week 2012 Homeless Persons Week was a huge success for Passages Resource Centre in Northbridge and Peel with all young people who visited the service over the week receiving a Homelessness Australia USB wristband and a toiletries bag. At Northbridge, the Passages team took part in a number of Homeless Persons’ Week activities including organising the Passages Big Breakfast on Tuesday 7 August that catered for 27 young people. Passages Resource Centre Peel and WestAus Crisis & Welfare Services hosted a lunch time sausage sizzle on the Eastern Foreshore, Mandurah, on Thursday 9 August as part of Homeless Persons’ Week. The event was an opportunity for members of the Peel community to meet with local service providers and learn about the services and facilities available locally for people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or without stable accommodation. Twelve local services had information stalls at the event and the sausage sizzle was kindly cooked by student volunteers from John Tonkin College.

Blue Illusion Charity Fashion Event Blue Illusion held a Charity Fashion Event on Saturday 24 November, with 20% of proceeds going to Passages Resource Centre to raise vital awareness of the service and youth homelessness. Between 11am-2pm on the day customers at the Booragoon, Claremont, Cottesloe, Karrinyup, Subiaco and Whitfords boutiques were able to see the new fashion collection, enjoy a drink and nibbles and at the same time support disadvantaged young people through the work of Passages.


Forty six per cent presented as primary homeless, 24% presented as secondary homeless, 30% presented as tertiary homeless.

22-25 14%

19-21 24%

16-18 45%

Age Breakdown:

12-15 17%

Age Breakdown:

22-25 27%

Individual Clients - 274 Access Visits - 851 New Clients - 160 Successful Referrals - 740 Resources Used - 1,918

19-21 27%

Peel:

Individual Clients - 1,222 Access Visits - 3,970 New Clients - 277 Successful Referrals - 2,168 Resources Used - 9,360

12-15 9% 16-18 37%

Statistics 2011/2012 Financial Year

Northbridge:

Eighteen per cent were presented as primary homeless, 29% presented as secondary homeless, 53% presented as tertiary homeless.

Street Law Centre Thank you & Acknowledgments WA providing legal advice to young people • Thank you to Mandurah Catholic College staff and students for their donation of toiletries to the Passages Resource Centre Peel. Thank you to Sacred Heart College who organised a donation of toiletries and clothes for Passages Northbridge. • Thank you P & K Quality Meats in Halls Head for your ongoing support of the Friday BBQ at Passages Peel. Thanks also to Torre Butchers for their continued generosity with supporting the Passages Northbridge Friday BBQ.

The Street Law Centre WA began its free legal advice clinic at Passages Northbridge in early 2012 thanks to collaboration with Allen’s Linklaters. This arrangement involves Allens law firm providing a volunteer to the clinic each week.

• Passages Resource Centre sincerely thanks St John of God Subiaco and Murdoch Hospitals for choosing Passages as their “Charity of Choice” partner in 2012. A significant amount of money was raised as well as material goods to assist young people accessing Passages Northbridge and Peel.

Due to the transient nature of the client group, the aim is to provide “on-the–spot” legal advice where possible. Street Law currently attends Passages on Wednesday to assist young people with a range of areas including housing, debts, bankruptcy, family law – access to children, minor criminal law, guardianship and administration and fines.

• All of the staff and young people at Passages Northbridge would like to thank Jessica Vranjes for her time at Passages on student placement from Edith Cowan University. Jessica has been a highly valued member of the team and we wish her well in her future. She is certain to become a great youth worker. • Passages would like to thank Grill’d Subiaco for supporting Passages Northbridge through their Local Matters program. Grill’d presented Passages with $100 in November as well helped raise vital awareness of the service. • Thank you to the Town of Vincent for the ongoing support of the Passages Northbridge Healthy Cooking program. The funding is incredibly valuable and will greatly assist young people by giving them access to a variety of different meals, providing nutritional information and for giving young people the opportunity to learn food preparation and cooking skills as part of a healthier lifestyle. • Thank you to the Vinnies Retail Centres, a Special Work of the St Vincent de Paul Society for supporting Passages Northbridge and Peel with items of clothing.

City of Mandurah in Partnership with Passages Peel Passages Resource Centre Peel has received partnership funding from the City of Mandurah for the next three years. Passages would like to acknowledge the support of the City of Mandurah. The partnership is a great opportunity to work together and make a positive difference to the lives of young people in the area.


The Great Moscow Circus On Wednesday 31 October 2012, The Great Moscow Circus Charity Night was held at Hall Park in Mandurah. Proceeds raised on the night were divided amongst four charities with the Passages Resource Centre in Peel receiving almost $5,000 to support essential services for street present young people. Passages also participated in collections at other shows in November with the proceeds going towards this vital work.

Alcoa offer a green thumb for Passages Alcoa staff recently volunteered their time at Passages Peel to work in the garden beds, plant fruit trees, a vegetable and herb garden, put up large sail out the back and clean down the pavers. Thank you Alcoa, your support in making the garden a welcoming place for the young people who visit the centre is greatly appreciated.

A heartfelt thank you to the Peach team and employees at Alcoa for choosing to support Passages Peel with cafe blinds and outdoor furniture to make the outdoor area sound and weather proof all year around.

Creating New Destinies Passages Northbridge staff recently helped a young man prepare for a Special Tertiary Admission Test so he could study at university. He was accepted into a Criminology Degree at Murdoch University in August. Until recently, this young man had been involved in gang culture, suffered all the effects of alcohol and drug abuse, been in and out of prison and was stuck in the negative patterns that were set out for him through family history and social placement.

2011 Census Results

Over the last six to eight months, this young man has worked towards taking control of this pattern. With great personal determination, a lot of persistence and strong support from the Passages team he has made huge strides toward creating his new destiny. The same young man has also benefitted from funds made available from the Vinnies CEO Sleepout for education and training, as well as the day to day services provided by Passages Resource Centre. with other households, this proportion increases to 14% for youth aged 19-24 years.

• 105,237 Australians were homeless on the night of the 2011 • Guided by its Homelessness Statistics Reference Group, the ABS is continuing to undertake research and Census compared to 89,728 in the 2006 Census. development to improve the estimation of homelessness, • There were 41,390 people living in inappropriate housing in including youth homelessness. 2011 compared to 31,531 in 2006. The St Vincent de Paul Society and Rotary Club of Perth • Most of the homeless youth aged 12-18 years in 2011 were are disappointed to see an increase in homelessness and in ‘severely’ crowded dwellings (56%) or in supported will continue to work towards raising awareness of this accommodation for the homeless (28%). While 8% of serious issue and provide support through services such as homeless people aged 12-18 years were staying temporarily Passages Resource Centre.

Rotary Club of Perth

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Passages Summer 2012 Newsletter