• Blankets in 2017

    300 Blankets was born out of the constant need for blankets amongst people experiencing homelessness in Australia. After volunteering their time to assist a local soup van distribute food to those in need, the founders of 300 Blankets came to understand that, after food and water, blankets were the most sought after item by those […]

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  • Homelessness in Melbourne

    Homelessness is an extremely complex issue. There are many potential reasons that people find themselves without a home, and, unfortunately, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution to homelessness. The short-sighted reaction from police and local government to move people off the street is not only incredibly disheartening, but it will also simply […]

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  • Social Inclusion

    Social inclusion week was first launched in 2009 by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, with the goal of helping to make all Australians feel included and valued in society. The initiative aims to help people who may feel isolated, excluded, and unable to help themselves, by connecting them with local communities, workmates, friends, and family. This […]

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  • Friendships Matter

    On Saturday morning, I drove an hour to help my friend Ash move into his new unit. He has been looking forward to this unit for a while and I was so excited to check it out. We’ve been friends for almost 5 years now and are in touch quite regularly. Through the years, Ash has […]

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  • “Food is just a means to an end, what they really want is a conversation”

    This is what Brother Doug Walsh said to us before we set off to distribute the food from the Vinnie’s Soup Van. I took this on board, but didn’t fully understand the true meaning of it until I’d volunteered a couple of times on the streets and in the boarding houses. Having never volunteered before, I was unsure and a […]

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  • Even the homeless have birthdays

    On my way to work today, I walked past a lady in clothes that has probably seen better days. She was holding up a sign saying that it was her birthday. I stopped and to have a chat with her. It turns out it was her 30th. Instantly a feeling of sadness swept over me. I revealed to her […]

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  • Secrets of our great city

    Today Melbourne celebrated being acknowledged as the worlds most liveable city in the world by The Economist for the 5th year in a row. What an achievement. Born and bred here, I love Melbourne. But tonight, as I do every Wednesday, I spent the night volunteering with the local soup vans. If we are to celebrate what […]

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  • St Mary’s Primary School Hampton: Learning Advantage

    We are excited to partner with St. Mary’s Primary School Hampton in an educational project to encourage the students to think beyond the box in solving homelessness. The initiative to elicit creative thinking was lead by Teacher Joseph Peason. Pearson challenged his students from Year 2 at 6, “at the heart of computer programming is […]

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  • Spreading Seeds of Hope

    We are excited to announce a new partnership with Urban Seed. For over 20 years Urban Seed has been gathering around food, recreation and creative art to foster a sense of home – especially for people experiencing homelessness, addiction, mental illness and isolation. This gathering is the foundation of Urban Seed’s unique community development approach, where they seek to draw […]

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  • $3000 Crowdfunding Campaign

    There are over 100,000 people experiencing homelessness at any one time in Australia. This winter, 22,000 people will be experience homelessness in Victoria with 1,100 people sleeping rough on any particular night.* Many people will face Melbourne’s bitter cold and try to find shelter wherever they can; this includes cars, unfit buildings, floors or anywhere […]

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