Free showers for those in need
In response to the critical homelessness problem in the Greater Hobart area, Clarence City Council has teamed with community organisations to launch a weekly community shower for people in need.
The council is collaborating with the Clarence District Cricket Club, clothing charity Thread Together and not-for-profit organisation Orange Sky Australia to offer a community shower in the cricket club pavilion from 12.30- 2.30pm every Monday.
The shower sessions have been increasingly well patronised since starting in early February, and organisers hope the upward trend continues.
The facility is made available to anyone wishing to access the amenities, and community service operators are on hand to offer their support.
Orange Sky Australia volunteers are onsite with their laundry van to wash and dry people’s belongings. Also in attendance is Thread Together, an organisation that collects unsold brand-new stock from fashion retailers and distributes it to people in need at no cost.
The council also provides shower packs containing a dry bag, quick-dry towel, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, face washer and deodorant, as keeping these basic items can be difficult when dealing with homelessness.
Clarence Mayor Brendan Blomeley said he was encouraged to see the community come together to help the homeless.
“Council is acutely aware that homelessness is a major problem across Greater Hobart, and it is difficult for people in this situation to access basic amenities,” he said.
“We recognise that something as simple as a hot shower, clean clothes and the opportunity to talk to people trained in the area of community services is invaluable when someone is experiencing homelessness.”
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