Soup kitchen inspires duo
A NEW project aimed at giving the community a greater understanding and insight into homelessness in the region was officially launched yesterday as part of the new Southern Cross University course, Community Partnerships for Social Change.
University students Karl Goodsell and Chloe James partnered up for the project. They were inspired by Winsome Soup Kitchen president Mieke Bell who has worked for the organisation for more than 24 years.
"When she came to speak to us, we were all silent for 40 minutes and she spoke to us about how the Winsome started up, and her involvement in it, and it was just really, really inspiring," Ms James said.
"As she was explaining it, there was so many different challenges that they faced."
The primary challenges facing the Winsome Soup Kitchen were finding funding and promoting awareness, Ms Bell said.
"And helping to break down prejudices against people who are marginalised, and against people who are homeless," she said.
The project, Stories of the Winsome, uses interviews with residents and volunteers, past and present, to create a documentary and update the organisation's website and social media network.
"We wanted to really touch on the pertinent issues that the residents themselves faced, as well as the volunteers that work there, and their experiences," Mr Goodsell said.
"The statistics we went through say that one in 11 people are homeless in Australia at one stage in their life, which is quite shocking."
The Community Partnerships for Social Change unit will be on offer next year.