Community connects with those in need

Council has connected Brisbane’s most vulnerable residents with community organisations and free support services at the 19th Homeless Connect event held on Wednesday 28 June 2017.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said he was proud to see Brisbane’s businesses and community groups come together to help those in the community who were less fortunate.

“Homeless Connect provides those most vulnerable with necessities and services, including medical care, housing support, haircuts, food and toiletries,” Cr Quirk said.

“Over the past 11 years, Homeless Connect has evolved into a crucial event, with more than 15,300 people attending to seek support from the community.

“We are known for our friendliness as a city, and this event sends the message that Brisbane cares – support services are out there, and help is available to get those in need back on their feet.”

Cr Quirk said that nearly 800 reusable shopping bags filled with food and toiletries were distributed on the day to around 600 individuals.

“The bags were filled by the generous donations of Brisbane residents, school students and members of Foodbank, who provided 40 pallets of clothing, blankets, shoes, non-perishable food items and toiletries,” he said.

“I’m pleased that we’ve been able to help so many people and would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers and Brisbane residents who put their hand up to help out with this great cause.”

Among the volunteers were a range of health professionals, giving guests the opportunity to keep their health in check with 58 doctor and nurse consults, 10 hearing checks and 32 optical appointments.

Homeless Connect June 2017 statistics:
 Podiatrist consultations: 63
 Immunisations: 52
 Massages: 95
 Haircuts: 184
 Meals served: 1704
 Service providers: 55
 Free bus service passengers: Nearly 400

For further information about Homeless Connect, visit www.brisbane.qld.qov.au or phone Council on 3403 8888.

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