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Beginners' Guide to Confronting Homelessness


From: Thursday February 5, 2015, 8:00 am

To: Thursday February 5, 2015, 9:30 am

When you see a homeless person begging outside a shop, what do you do? Give him money, look the other way, buy him or her a sandwich or tell them to "get a job"?

How big is the homeless problem in the Stonnington area and surrounds? Is it growing or reducing? Who is at risk? Who is there to help them and what can the ordinary person in the street do.. from a little to a lot... to help?

Join us for a community breakfast forum, to hear local service providers and support agencies share the answers to these and many more questions about homelessness in our own backyards.

Our expert panel comprises:-

CEO of Kids Under Cover, Jo Swift
Jo is Kids Under Cover's conduit to government and key partners, advocates strongly on behalf of young people at risk of homelessness, and works with the Board to ensure good governance and program efficacy. She is on the Board of the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic).

Salvation Army : Sally Coutts was unable to attend, so Rob Ellis will instead.
Rob has spent over 20 years working in the human services field in Melbourne.
Working in the areas of complex mental health treatment & support, drug and alcohol treatment, post release and homelessness support for adults.
The last 10 years at Crisis Services in St Kilda specializing in crisis accommodation, community housing and therapeutic support models for young people.

Sacred Heart Mission: Linda Bradley, Homefront Coordinator

Linda manages the Women’s Crisis Accommodation Facility

Prahran Mission: Tracey Swadling
Regional Operations Manager for the Bayside region, with responsibility for the Mission’s mental health services in the area, including the St Kilda Drop In on Carlisle Street. Tracey’s background is in community mental health, disability employment and homelessness services. She is a passionate advocate for social justice for disadvantaged people and is interested in mental health, homelessness and employment issues and research.

Victoria Police (Prahran): Sen. Sgt. Dagmar Andersen
Over 25 years in the Victoria Police,Currently the Officer In Charge of the Prahran Pro-Active unit, which is involved in Youth Issues, Crime Prevention, Mental Health partnerships with Alfred Hospital Psychiatric services.
Recently Worked at the Victoria Police Chief Commissioners office as an Acting Inspector.
Prior to that was the Officer In Charge of the Prahran Police Station.

Representative still to be advised

$15ph to cover costs. Numbers are limited so Book Now by calling Susie Cole on 0414 907 263 or email


RSL Memorial Hall

301 High Street, Prahran VIC 3181

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