File photo from previous Homeless Sleepout.
File photo from previous Homeless Sleepout. The Northern Star Archives

Sleeping rough to help the homeless

UPSTANDING Lismore citizens will be donning sleeping bags tomorrow night and roughing it on the floor of the Northern Rivers Church of Christ Hall at Goonellabah in a bid to raise awareness about youth homelessness.

Joined by Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell, community and health sector leaders and local young people with personal experience of homelessness will gather at the church on Rous Rd at 6.30pm for the all-night affair.

Prior to packing it in for the evening, the crew will participate in a cook off and enjoy documentaries on the issue, and those who can't sleep can enjoy all night movies.

Brett Paradise from the Northern Rivers Social Development Council said the experience could prove an ordeal.

"Going back to work on Thursday will be the challenge - I'm not the greatest sleeper at the best of times so I'm not sure how I'll do in a room full of other people," Mr Paradise said.

Homelessness hits young people the hardest with almost half of the homeless population aged under 25 and "couch-surfing" the most common experience.

Young people with mental health issues are 50% more likely to experience homelessness with the most common cause family breakdown.



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