The ups and downs of life on the street

A POIGNANT game of snakes and ladders will be held in Perth during homelessness week to raise awareness of how people who can quickly go back to square one in life.

The theme of this year’s homelessness week is “Home Safe Home”, and organisers Grief Centre WA hope the board game will be a light-hearted entry point for people to find out more about those living rough.

Grief Centre general manager Linda Rawlings said they “secured a small grant from Shelter WA to run a workshop during Homelessness Week, and I wanted it to be a fun way to engage people who are living rough or have experienced homelessness with people who have no idea what this might be like.”

The number of Aussies calling the streets home has dramatically increased in the years leading up to the last census in 2016, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

This year’s homelessness week (August 5-11) includes a diverse range of events across WA including Albany’s Big sleep Out and the Couch Conversation in Fremantle.

The game of snakes and ladders in Perth will be held on Wednesday August 7 at Street Friends Sub-Station on Moore Street.

Morning tea is provided and there will be prizes for the winning team.

The number of players is limited so go to eventbrite.com.au or call 9444 7659 to register.

by BERNHARD HARTL

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