Our Community Work
Bridge Housing is active in its engagement with the broader community to increase advocacy for the need for affordable housing and the role of the community housing industry. Our activities are reported through our Annual Report. This includes:
- Bridge Run
- City of Sydney Street Count
- Habitat for Humanity volunteering
- Volunteering at Ronald McDonald House
- RSPCA corporate volunteering
The Bridge Housing Harriers running team participates every September in the 9-kilometre Sydney Running Festival to raise money for charity, get fit and have fun.
In 2016 we raised $4,170 for Weave Youth and Community Services, which works with young people and families in the Waterloo area.
Half the staff trained for the event and 25 runners completed the run.
The City of Sydney bi-annual street counts of rough sleepers in the heart of the city as part of its Homelessness Strategy. The street count enables it to collect up-to-date information about the number of people sleeping rough to help measure the effectiveness of the City’s Homelessness Services and other local initiatives.
Bridge Housing staff volunteer to help the City of Sydney collect the data in February and August each year.
The August 2017 Street Count revealed that 386 people were sleeping rough and 438 were in crisis or temporary accommodation.
Sinead Duffy, Krystal Moores, Asrar Ahmed and RayFatafehi participated for Bridge Housing in August this year, counting the homeless in the Redfern-Waterloo areas.
Helping recently homeless people move into public housing in the eatsern suburbs was the focus of a Habitat for Humabity volunteering day on August 23 this year. Nine Bridge Housing staff helped the new tenants assemble and install flat pack furniture to ease their transition off the streets into a home.
A team of Bridge Housing staff had great fun volunteering at Ronald McDonald House in Randwick on 30 June 2016. They cleaned and repaired around the house and cooked a delicious BBQ lunch for families visitng their sick children.
A team of Bridge Housing volunteers jumped into the RSPCA’s Corporate Volunteer Day events at the Yagoona shelter on 5th August 2016. And there were more than a few hearts melted!
Organiser and Bridge Housing Manager Janine Heagney said: “It was great fun and such a worthwhile activity to roll up our sleeves and help maintain the RSPCA’s animal shelter for a day.”
Anne Keyvar, RSPCA Corporate Relations said: “Thank you for taking time out to help out at our shelter. We loved having you and hope to see you again soon.”