Mission Australia is calling on Perth businesses to help with a renovation rescue on two units to support homeless young Western Australians.
Mission Australia's Youth Accommodation and Support Service (YASS) in Victoria Park will enjoy a much needed makeover thanks to funding from Woodside Energy volunteers who will also be putting their renovation skills to the test.
The 'Woodside Beds for Winter' project will start on Monday, 13 May, with professional interior designer Christie Blizzard volunteering her time for the second year in a row to create a fresh new look for two YASS accommodation units.
This is the third year that Woodside Energy has funded a Mission Australia renovation from money donated by staff at Christmas. Last year, volunteers refurbished the Drug and Alcohol Youth Service (DAYS) in Carlisle, creating a modern, welcoming place for residents and Mission Australia staff.
Mission Australia WA State Director Melissa Perry said the makeover of the two, two bedroom YASS accommodation units was much needed.
"YASS provides crisis accommodation for up to three months for young people aged between 15 and 18 who are homeless or are at risk of being homeless. It also provides a home for up to one year for 16 to 25 year-olds who are ready to take the step into independent living.
"With professional help from Christie and around 50 volunteers, our mission is to transform these units over the course of a week into modern havens for young people who are experiencing really challenging circumstances," Melissa said.
"As part of the Woodside Beds for Winter project, we hope to fit new lighting, floor coverings, beds, linen, furniture, televisions, desks and blinds – that’s where the public can help.
"We're calling on the support of the retail and commercial sector for donations of these items, along with paint, tools and equipment, skip hire, tiling and more.
"This year marks the third Mission Australia renovation in partnership with Woodside Energy, with great support from Christie Blizzard and the Perth business community.
"It's a tremendous example of what can be achieved in the community when the corporate, commercial and private sectors all pitch-in to make an ambitious dream become a reality," she added.
As well as accommodation, YASS provides young people with access to counselling, education and support services, with a view to helping them escape the cycle of homelessness permanently.
If you are able to assist Mission Australia with its Woodside Beds for Winter project, please contact John Cooke on 0433 679 780 or [email protected]