Drizzly weather did not put a dampener on a free barbecue in Maude St Mall yesterday to raise awareness for Youth Homelessness Matters Day.JENNA BISHOP April 10, 2014 4:21am
Raising awareness: Courtney Dupey, Elysia Danek, Rickielee White and Peter Coles were serving up sausage sandwiches at the Youth Homelessness Matters Day barbecue.
The barbecue, organised by Brayton Youth and Family Services and The Bridge Youth Service, was the first time the event had been marked in the region.
Both services had representatives at the event to talk to people about youth homelessness and services that could be accessed in Shepparton.
Brayton Youth and Family Services accommodation support manager Anita McCurdy said youth homelessness was a big issue in the region.
‘‘It’s a hidden thing in Shepparton, because people don’t see it all the time,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s not just about people sleeping in the park, it’s also people who are couch-surfing or who don’t have a stable house for a long period of time, which makes them very vulnerable.’’
Ms McCurdy said homelessness also affected other areas of young people’s lives, including holding down a job and regularly attending school.
She said planning was already underway for a bigger and better event next year.
Today at 8.30pm on SBS television the Insight program casts its eye on Shepparton and asks the question: How do you beat the odds in a place where too many kids drop out of school, and not enough of them find jobs?
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