A rough count

ABOUT 35 people have volunteered to help Bayswater council count the city’s rough sleepers in the early hours of Tuesday morning. 

Volunteers will use a phone app developed by council to record the locations of people across Bayswater between 1am-3am.

The data collected will be used to shape the city’s homelessness strategy and help local support services.

• Aaron McGregor (left) and Jed Fay (right) from Perth Homeless Support Group with Bayswater mayor Dan Bull.

Training

Bayswater mayor Dan Bull said volunteers attended a free, 1.5-hour training session held by the city.

“Ensuring participants are able to collect data without disturbing those sleeping rough is essential,” he said.

“The city has developed an app for use on the night, which will help ensure we can do just that, in a fast and accurate way.

“People can experience homelessness for many reasons – including domestic violence, ill-health, long-term unemployment and mental health issues. The City of Bayswater is committed to advocating for those who don’t have a voice on this issue.”

The Voice understands the majority of volunteers have a background in homelessness support services.

It is the first time Bayswater has done a “rough sleeper count”, which is being held in conjunction with other local governments across Perth.

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