First of three free public community forums to empower and drive solutions.
Over 250 members of our community joined Peninsula Voice and Ben Smith from the Mornington Information and Community Support Centre on a fast-moving evening of interviews with front line workers, people with lived experience of homelessness, and some very telling local statistics about homelessness on the Mornington Peninsula.
An expert panel shared their stories from the frontline and we also interviewed two local people who shared their first-hand knowledge and experience of homelessness. Their stories were moving and challenging.
The members of the expert panels were:
Some key messages from the forum:
Our very special thanks to our exceptionally talented Ukrainian musician Valerie Ozeman, who warmed up the hall up with lively music to welcome in attendees.
Peninsula Voice would also like to acknowledge and thank our event partners:
Mornington Information and Community Support Centre
Bendigo Community Bank Mt Martha
Secret Garden Florists
William Warrain Aboriginal Association
Ed Wischer Productions
Western Port Community Support
Southern Peninsula Community Support
Fusion Mornington Peninsula
Shire of Mornington Peninsula
Mornington Neighbourhood Church of Christ
Mount Martha Rotary Club
Great videos that show some dimensions of the problem of homelessness: