Federal Member for Burt Matt Keogh joined the Hope Community Services Street Outreach team on Thursday as they made the rounds in Armadale.
The van visits Roleystone, Kwinana and the Armadale Memorial Park, providing a safe space for young people in the area to chat, get advice and referrals to health care as well as links to support for issues around drugs and alcohol.
Activities and sausage sizzles are also a regular occurrence, and in winter beanies and warm clothing is handed out to those who may be living rough.
“It’s a tragedy that services like Hope are needed in the 21st century in a modern, developed country like Australia,” Federal Member for Burt Matt Keogh said.
“But fortunately for those who need it, services like Hope do exist to support the most vulnerable in our society.
“I was pleased to have the opportunity to serve our community with Hope and get a first-hand experience of the work this fantastic service does with the people they support.
“This just makes ever clearer the need to better support and fund the services that help those most in need in our community.”
Hope Community Services CEO Mick Geaney said, “Those of us working at the coalface know that prevention and outreach are the keys to building healthier, more resilient communities.
“Young people need to have safe spaces where they can socialise in a healthy way and get advice without judgement. We are so grateful to Mr. Keogh for the support and for the attention he is bringing to the work.
“We are always looking for volunteers for our Street Vans and donations to ensure the sustainability of the service. I would encourage anyone who wants to know more to visit our web site or Facebook page for updates and information.”