News

More people sleeping rough

Russell Witham with Sue and Ernie Welfare who are a part of Access which helps to feed the disadvantaged. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite
Russell Witham with Sue and Ernie Welfare who are a part of Access which helps to feed the disadvantaged. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite Inga Williams

IT'S an ever-increasing problem across the south-west.

More pensioners, young adults and families are being forced to seek charitable help or even sleep it rough.

They are camping under bridges, in tents and caravan parks - not knowing when they will see their next meal or hot shower.

Darra-based charitable organisation Access is seeing a steady rise in the number of needy families.

The Christian organisation feeds more than 1500 families across Darra, Goodna and Inala each week and hands out bags of fresh fruit and vegetables to about 40 pensioners.

Pastor Russell Witham said there were people in need of help but they were unaware of the service.

"Our aim is simply to help people,"

 

"We fill our bags with a good variety of food including eggs, vegetables, mushrooms and more.

"We also teach people the gospel because drugs are a major issue."

Volunteer Sue Welfare, who has been helping to feed the homeless since the 2011 floods, said the circumstances in which many people lived were "heart wrenching".

She said the rising cost of living, including rates and power, were major factors behind the increase in homelessness.

"You don't realise how many there are until you pull up in the van and they all come out of hiding," she said.

"While there are many in the city, there are also lots in the suburbs hiding under bridges and living in parks.

"I love helping them and seeing their faces light up when we give them a hot drink or a blanket."

For more information about Access phone 0415 467 137.

Topics:  homeless


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Three former housemates share the dock on drug charges

 Brisbane Supreme and District courts.

Drug-dependent former housemates found themselves sharing a dock

Billion dollar plan gets RAAF base flying high

MOVING: Wing Commander Scott Winchester discusses the billion dollar developments that are underway at RAAF Base Amberley.

Work underway on the first of many key projects at the base

Mattel donates oncology Barbies to children's hospital

LOOKING GOOD: Erin Masurier was given this special oncology Barbie at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

Little miss 'ray of sunshine' gets an unexpected gift after surgery

Latest deals and offers

PHOTO GALLERY: Race fans enjoy high octane fun at Supercars

THE sound of roaring engines and the smell of burning rubber delighted fans who came out to cheer on their favourite drivers at Queensland Raceway.

Three former housemates share the dock on drug charges

 Brisbane Supreme and District courts.

Drug-dependent former housemates found themselves sharing a dock

Billion dollar plan gets RAAF base flying high

MOVING: Wing Commander Scott Winchester discusses the billion dollar developments that are underway at RAAF Base Amberley.

Work underway on the first of many key projects at the base

Mattel donates oncology Barbies to children's hospital

LOOKING GOOD: Erin Masurier was given this special oncology Barbie at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

Little miss 'ray of sunshine' gets an unexpected gift after surgery

Nurse sent to jail for sexually abusing stepdaughter

Ipswich Police Station and Courthouse. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times

Man admits to abuse spanning four years

Seriously injured worker still critical

Crushing victim placed into induced coma

Reno stars want tradies to focus a little more on one thing

The Demmrichs want Tradies to look after their most important tool

Day 2 Splendour Pictures

Sticky Fingers perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Splendour in the Grass Day 2 covered in pictures.

WATCH: News reader tries her hand at hardcore shooter, Doom

Veteran journo and noob gamer takes a shot at Doom

What's on the small screen this week

MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

MASTERCHEF makes way for The Bachelor on Ten's reality TV slate.

Guy Sebastian a hit at Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian performs at Splendour in the Grass with Paces.

REALITY TV judge a hit with festival crowd.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles