St Bart’s is encouraging Perth to Say G’Day to people on the street experiencing homelessness today, Friday 7th October.
St Bart’s is one of Perth’s leading not-for-profit providers of accommodation and outreach services for people experiencing homelessness. They provide person-centred and trauma-informed recovery support services for more than 500 people each day. Neil Starkie, St Bart’s General Manager of Strategic Partnership and Growth, joined Lockie to tell us about their Say G’Day campaign.
One of the issues people facing homelessness experience is feeling dehumanised. People look or move away from them and even bury their heads in their phones to avoid interacting with or even acknowledging them. “Many of the people St Bart’s has supported have spoken of how they felt invisible and worthless when members of the public actively sought to avoid them when they were at their lowest.” These actions have a profound impact on their mental health and well-being. But the simple act of saying hello or even smiling at them can make a life-changing impact. “You don’t have to have a long conversation, just acknowledge someone’s presence might be the catalyst for helping them up.”