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Connections Week is a week to focus on the stories and needs of people sleeping rough in our community. 

Byron Shire Council in partnership with local community organisations and End Street Sleeping Collaboration are working together to establish a register of people sleeping rough and living in crisis accommodation in the Byron Shire.  This register will be created during Connections Week: Monday 16 – Friday 20 November. 

During Connections Week, trained volunteers and community sector workers connect with people sleeping rough to conduct surveys and understand their housing and health needs.  

From the information and personal stories collected a By-Name List is created. This is a real-time list of all people sleeping rough in our community and their ongoing support needs.   

This information helps to coordinate support services, inform policy innovation and create systems change.  

If you are interested in being involved, you can help out as a volunteer.  

When is it? 

Connections Week will take place over five days across the Byron Shire from Monday 16 November – Friday 20 November. 

What do I need to do? 

Participate in 4.5 hours of mandatory training (1.5 hours online and 3 hours face to face). 

Training dates will take place between: 5 November – 15 November 2020.   

Volunteer for a minimum of 4 hours during Connections Week.  

What’s involved? 

Volunteers will work in teams in designated areas of the Byron Shire to engage with people who are sleeping rough and record information using a survey tool.  

Strong interpersonal skills based on respectful relationships and confidentiality are required for this role.  

Availability and commitment to attend all compulsory training dates is required in addition to a minimum of 1 shift during Connections Week.  

Where do I register?   You can register your interest and nominate your preferred times and dates via our Registration Form