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(21/4/17) Homelessness perception survey

ARTreach and The Local Drug Action Groups inc. want to hear your thoughts on homelessness and anticocial behaviour around the Fremantle area.

The survey closes Sunday 30 April 2017.

Background info

What is ARTreach?

ARTreach is all about capturing the stories of some of Fremantle’s most vulnerable community members through art.  Outreach workers from St. Patrick’s Community Support Centre’s Crossroads program will gather with people in popular parks within the Fremantle area and invite them to share the story of their history, their culture and country, their sense of displacement and what hopes they have for the future.

Workers will come equipped with art supplies so that these stories can be recorded in various art forms including painting, photos, written word or other as directed by the participants. Art sessions will be offered weekly from April – September 2017, with completed works exhibited as part of a community event within the City of Fremantle at the end of November.

The artwork will be offered for sale with the sale proceeds going directly to the artists. 

ARTreach is a follow-up project to the very successful Art in the Parks exhibition that involved park-dwellers of Wellington Square in the Perth CBD last year. 

Why?

By taking weekly art sessions to public spaces, ARTreach aims to increase awareness of and access to Fremantle-based social services. This project aims to meaningfully engage with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people with complex needs (including homelessness, mental illness, physical ill health and drug and alcohol issues) who have disengaged from mainstream services.

Workers will also use the opportunity to map the needs of participants to help direct existing resources to the most useful locations, types of service and referral pathways.

By opening the exhibition to the general public we hope to promote the social benefits of an inclusive community while reducing the stigma around mental health, alcohol and other drug issues and homelessness. Art making is a powerful means of sharing stories and histories – by creating a space in which these stories can be told, we hope to increase understanding and empathy within the broader community.

Who benefits?

Through this project, valuable information on the needs of local people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will be collected to inform current and future delivery of services. The greater Fremantle community and those who visit it will benefit if there is a reduction of antisocial behaviour within the City.

The vulnerable within our community stand to benefit from greater public awareness and understanding of the complex issues that lead to disadvantage.