StreetCount 2012

Over the past 4 years the city of Melbourne has been gaining information about people sleeping rough through the StreetCount initiative. StreetCount involves around 140 volunteers wanting to help the homeless community through survey people sleeping rough on the street.  The information gained from doing this activity allows the City of Melbourne to act with the intention to provide better support for the homeless community.

On the 6th of June, while many others were sleeping in the darkness of 4.15am in the morning, 5 members from the 300 Blankets team joined volunteers from all areas of Melbourne at the Melbourne Town Hall to participate in the 2012 StreetCount. With warm coffees. instructional booklets, folders, pens, torches to prepare to ‘go out in the field’ to conduct their surveys. Teams were split into groups of 2 to walk the streets and lane ways of Melbourne CBD, North Melbourne and West Melbourne – looking for homeless people to count and conduct the simple survey. Each pair were given a ‘thank you pack’, to be handed out to participants of the survey. This pack consisted of every essentials such as toothbrush, paste, information/contact numbers card, phone card, Met card and a voucher for a hot breakfast.

The 300 Blankets team covered a large portion of the Melbourne CBD. Stretching from Flinders Street up to La Trobe Street and Elizabeth Street to William Street, we walked with upmost care to find and approach homeless people sleeping rough.  This was an eye opening experience for the team and we gained valuable first hand knowledge of the homeless situation in Melbourne.

The final results from StreetCount2012 as reported by The Age newspaper, was that in that morning hours between 4:30am – 8:30am, 101 people were detected sleeping rough in areas such as park benches and doorways. Of the 54 people surveyed, almost two third have been homeless for more than two years. It’s the sad truth hidden in the shadows of our great city. The results have opened our eyes to the reality of the situation and have provided greater motivation for us to try to make a difference.

Click here to read The Age full article on StreetCount2012

Brains for Blankets raises 856 blankets!!!

The 300 Blankets team would like to thank everyone who came and supported the Brains for Blankets trivia night on the 2nd of June 2012. On the night, 187 people in 20 teams competed in the sold out event to win amazing prizes generously donated by friends and supporters of 300 Blankets.

Our challenge for the night was to beat the amazing number of 842 blankets raised at Music for Blankets. Through ticket sales, raffles, mini games and silent auctions, we raised an amazing 856 blankets for the homeless community! The result together with the first event, has helped 300 Blankets raise 1698 blankets in time for winter 2012! From a crazy idea in January, this incredible number really shows the amount of support the people of Melbourne has for the homeless.

Let’s keep our community warm!

Congratulations to Smarty Pints for coming first in trivia!

The night would not have been possible without the support from the volunteers, generous organisations, artists, St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria and Hanover. A special thank you to Br. Doug – President of St Vincent de Paul Society Soup Vans in Victoria, for making an inspirational speech on soup vans and homelessness.

If you would like to share your photos and videos taken from the night, please send them to 300blankets.events@gmail.com.