Who are we?
We are a community driven not for profit, hosting free events for disadvantaged Australians to provide them with a more hopeful future and a positive sense of self. We know that by improving self esteem and social connectedness, we empower people to make positive life choices that move them out of disadvantage. Our regular client centric events are tailored to boost health, wellness and social connection and we work with Community Agencies to deliver events with their local community in mind.
From humble beginnings offering a clothing store for Sydney’s homeless, we have grown into a much larger organisation, supporting anyone experiencing disadvantage and isolation. Our clients range from those experiencing homelessness to asylum seekers and refugees and our events span across NSW and the ACT.
How do we do that?
Our 250 strong volunteer team support a network of events which we call Rough Threads.
Completely free for visitors and hosted with the support of Community Agencies and local Government bodies, the events provide visitors with access to everything from free clothing and haircuts, to an international postal service and back to work solutions.
Moving people out of disadvantage takes a holistic approach. To be able to address social issues such as unemployment and social exclusion more needs to be done to address poverty and the causes of poverty. Rough Threads helps provide people with the essentials such as clothing, grooming, health check-ups and access to back to work programs, which means that people affected by poverty are given the best chance to break the cycle of poverty and unemployment.
More than all the ‘free stuff’ our visitors are given a forum to express their own personality and to find support from locals within their community. The events are positive for both visitor and volunteer, and encourage social interaction which breaks down feelings of isolation and creates what we like to call, social connectedness. We are proud of our organisation’s expansion, our ability to meet our clients needs and the sophisticated, diverse and far-reaching services that are now included at each event. We are on a mission to be enablers of long-lasting positive social change for communities across Australia and we’d love your support to help us do that.