Who are we?
We are a community driven support service, hosting free events through Rough Edges homeless drop in centres for disadvantaged Australians. We believe that by improving self esteem and connecting people to key support services, we provide people the tools that can help them work toward their goals. Our annual client centric event is tailored to boost health, wellness and social connection and we work closely with our partner organisation to deliver events that meet the needs of their clients.
From humble beginnings offering a clothing store for Sydney’s homeless, we have grown into a much larger organisation and our event is open to anyone experiencing disadvantage and isolation. Our clients range from those experiencing homelessness to asylum seekers and refugees.
How do we do that?
Our 250 strong volunteer team support an event which we call Rough Threads.
Completely free for visitors and hosted with the support of our community partner, the event provides visitors with access to everything from haircuts to GP advice, skills training, 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 access to support services, grooming, health check-ups and back to work programs, which means that people affected by poverty are given the best chance to break the cycle of poverty and unemployment.
We encourage a forum of community connection where those needing support can find it from agencies and locals within their own 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, our ability to meet our clients needs and the sophisticated, diverse and far-reaching services that are now included at each event.