Camden Haven Community @ 3 supports homeless people during summer

Photo: Sydney Morning Herald
Photo: Sydney Morning Herald

Hot summer days have set in and many of us have access to air conditioned spaces including at our home. 

However there are homeless people in the Camden Haven who are doing it tough during the summer months. 

Throughout winter, appeals for blankets, warm clothing and food help those sleeping rough when the temperatures plummet.

But summer brings risks too, which is something Theo Hazelgrove from the Camden Haven Community @ 3 wants people to know. 

He said people can help simply by offering someone a drink. 

“There was a lady outside Woolworths the other day who looked very sad,” he said. 

“A person came up to the lady and offered to get her a cool drink.” 

Mr Hazelgrove said if people want to do something more to help they can put together a care pack where items can be stored in a polystyrene box. 

“That care pack might consist of bottles of water, instant hand sanitiser, sunscreen, a hat, toiletries and perhaps an umbrella,” he said. 

Mr Hazelgrove said people do not need to spend a lot of money to make a difference to someone who is doing it tough. 

“It makes a big difference to people who are walking around in the sun each day,” he said. 

Without a roof over their heads, those sleeping rough are at risk of severe sun exposure, which can lead to heatstroke, sunburn and dehydration.

More than 100,000 people are homeless in Australia, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

As the weather heats up, Mr Hazelgrove said people might also choose to donate some protective clothing, thongs or sandals. 

At Christmas time Mr Hazelgrove gave a man a $2 hat which he said the man was grateful to receive. 

Members of Camden Haven Community @ 3 are aiming to help those who are lonely in 2018. 

“These are people who might be financially quite well-off but they are struggling to get out of their house,” Theo said. 

“We don’t pressure anyone but we try to help people to socially connect or reconnect.” 

For more information or to make a donation visit the Kew Corner Store or call Theo on 0438 358 057. 

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