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HAVE A GOOD FREO HAIR DAY!

Posted in charity, community, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on May 16, 2017

THIS DESERVES SUPPORT FREO, SO GET A HAIRCUT FOR A GOOD CAUSE!
On Sunday 21st of May, 10am-4pm us girls at Salon Express in Fremantle will be offering $10.00 haircuts for ladies and gentlemen.

The proceeds of the day will be going to a dear friend Tara, she was involved in a horrible accident and is currently stuck in a Thailand hospital.

So come down get a hair cut or even just pop a donation in towards her. Every little bit counts and is much appreciated by us and her family.

If you could please just share this post that would also be great, Thankyou xx

SALON EXPRESS is at 128 High Street just east of Kings Square at the roundabout with Queen Street.

Roel Loopers

MAKE A MILLION DOLLAR IMPACT!

Posted in charity, fremantle, fremantle foundation by freoview on March 27, 2017

The IMPACT 100 launch event of the Fremantle Foundation is held at Fremantle’s Clancy’s this Thursday March 30 at 6 pm.

All are welcome, so please attend and see how YOU can make a difference!

For more info: https://fremantlefoundation.simplero.com/deliveries/327apoMnXEdi-2F-

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COLLECTING CLOTHES FOR KIDS

Posted in children, fremantle by freoview on March 15, 2017

 

Children are the future of our planet so if we can support them we should do so.

The Fremantle Moore&Moore cafe is collection clothing, books and toys to distribute to disadvantaged kids, so if you’ve got anything, or want to buy some new stuff to donate, please drop it off at 46 Henry Street in Freo’s gorgeous West End.

Roel Loopers

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FREO NOT DONATING TO HOMELESS BOXES

Posted in charity, city of fremantle, homeless by freoview on February 3, 2017

The five colourful Donate Without A Doubt collection boxes for the homeless the City of Fremantle installed around the CBD are less than successful.

The CoF reports that $ 8747.00 was donated to St Patrick’s in 2016 and half of that is the dollar for dollar match by the City.

It means that less than $ 12.00 a day was collected from the public in the five boxes, or $ 2.40 per box.

There is also little evidence it has helped to reduce beggars in the CBD.

Roel Loopers

LONG TABLE DINNER IN FREO’S HISTORIC WEST END

Posted in charity, christmas, fremantle, heritage by freoview on November 24, 2016

 

The first Fremantle Long Table Dinner in historic High Street looked absolutely stunning with little port cranes carrying Christmas presents and all lit up.

This is a fantastic event that should become an annual one and all the way to the Roundhouse.

Well done to all who worked so hard to make this happen!!

Roel Loopers

FREO LONG TABLE CHRISTMAS DINNER

Posted in christmas, community, fremantle by freoview on November 21, 2016

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There are still a few tickets available for the Fremantle LONG TABLE CHRISTMAS DINNER in historic High Street that is on this Thursday November 24 at 6 pm.

All proceeds go to the St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, so a three-course meal with live entertainment in the heritage precinct is well worth the $ 120.00.

Dress in a Splash of Red! Book tickets by phoning 93356688.

Roel Loopers

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FREO DONATION BOXES LITTLE HELP FOR BEGGARS

Posted in beggars, charity, city of fremantle, homelessness, local government by freoview on October 6, 2016

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No matter what positive spin the City of Fremantle puts up about the five charity donation boxes in Fremantle, to discourage street begging, they have been less than successful.

Five colourful boxes were installed in mid February this year but the total sum donated to the St Patrick’s Community Centre up to October 3 has only been $ 7,126.70. That included the City matching public donations dollar for dollar.

This ends up being only $ 3.96 per day, so not even two dollar per day from the public, who clearly continue to donate to individual beggars, although we see fewer of them after safety officers have been moving them on.

There are no easy solutions to combat homelessness and street begging, but it is clear that the donation boxes in Fremantle have done very little to improve the funds at St Patricks as four dollars a day does not even buy a meal for one single beggar.

Roel Loopers

STARLIGHT HOTEL CHOIR FIGHTS POVERTY

Posted in fremantle, homelessness, western australia by freoview on August 24, 2016

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FREMANTLE HOMELESSNESS NOT A LIFESTYLE CHOICE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, homelessness, st patricks, western australia by freoview on July 13, 2016

I am a big fan of the monthly Fremantle Network events at the National Hotel because we can hear first hand and face to face what is going on in Fremantle and the vision people have for our city. We can contribute by sharing ideas and asking questions, so that we can make informed decisions.

Last night TFN presented Victor Crevatin who is the director for homelessness and support services at St Patrick’s, which was established in Fremantle in 1972.

Victor told us that 200 people a day come to Freo’s St Pats and that they provided 16,300 meals in six months, some of them served by primary school volunteers. They also provided 1,800 free health services in the six months.

Crevatin said St Pats were branching out and diversifying their services, reaching out to women with The Sisters Place, free dental health care for homeless people, youth and mental health housing programs, women shelters, etc, but disappointingly they could not assist 300 people due to lack of resources.

The yearly Street Register counted 68 homeless people over two mornings, but there are many who don’t want to be caught and counted within the system. Nearly 60% of those counted were Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders and that is a big concern that needs to be addressed, Victor said. He also urged for a special health service for this group.

Most homeless people in Fremantle were 25 years and older and homeless for five years while those under 24 years had been homeless for six and a half years.

Victor Cretavin said that agencies needed to collaborate better but egos at management levels were often in the way and the fact that the agencies were all fighting for the same limited pot of gold of funding.

He said it was not good enough to just offer affordable housing but that support needed to be provided to the tenants to make it work. But he said affordable housing needed to be accepted by the community as there was a NIMBY attitude to providing accommodation because of perceived social issues.

“Homelessness is not going away and we need to do something together as a community!”

Cretavin said he was disappointed that the recent long Federal election campaign had not addressed homelessness and housing and he put new Fremantle MP Josh Wilson who was in the audience on the spot to say a few words about that. It was probably Josh’s first public talk since being elected.

Wilson said the challenge is one for all of us and that in real terms public housing was the same as twenty years ago. “We need a common ground model for agencies to work better together.”

The Labor party understands that homelessness is a huge issue with some 100,000 homeless people in Australia, Wilson said and that while in government Labor had a policy of halving homelessness by 2025.

Victor Cretavin then took over and told us that many homeless people were on the streets because of domestic violence, alcohol, mental health and drug issues, etc and that many are just scared. The system is so bogged down in risk assessment that it turns down people who end up living on the streets.

We need better education and plant the seeds of community awareness so the community understands the issues around homelessness better, and that should start in primary schools. “Homelessness is not a lifestyle choice!”

He said an 11-year-old boy had made 200 homelessness packs and there was scope for all kind of volunteers, even data collecting.

We are looking for small little wins, Victor said and suggested the City of Fremantle could make a carpark available for those who sleep in cars, to create a safer environment for them.

I believe if that was done portable toilets and showers would also need to be provided and of course on site security, but would the community near that designated carpark accept it and how to stop it from becoming another backpackers camping ground?

These are huge challenges but we need to address them as a community. Homelessness is not acceptable in our wealthy country and it is not a pretty sight. It’s a bit like looking in the mirror and seeing shit on your face.

I am convinced that especially here in Fremantle with all the caring and warm-hearted people we can and must do better!

Roel Loopers

 

 

 

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ST PATRICK’S AT FREMANTLE NETWORK EVENT

Posted in charity, community, fremantle, homeless, western australia by freoview on July 11, 2016

Victor Crevatin, Director of Homelessness and Support Services at St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, will be the speaker for the July edition of The Fremantle Network‘s speaker series.

It is on tomorrow Tuesday 12th July from 5.30 for a 6pm start upstairs at The National Hotel.

Victor will be sharing some of his insights into the state of homelessness in Fremantle, and will also look into the future towards what we can do to alleviate some of the pressure.

The Speakers Series of the Fremantle Network is very interesting and is also a chance to network with the Freo community, business community.

Roel Loopers

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