This May, we are partnering with St Bart’s along with St Pat’s and Uniting WA to collect items to show our Heart for the Homeless.

St Bart’s is one of Perth’s leading not-for-profit organisations that help vulnerable Western Australians experiencing homelessness, mental health challenges, trauma and hardship. They help provide safe accommodation and services to people who need it the most, regardless of background, age, gender or ethnicity.

I’ve been connected to Sonshine for 11 years as a listener. What radiates from Sonshine is hope. Which aligns with what we strive to do at St. Bart’s—bring hope to the people we support.” Said Neil Starkie, General Manager of Strategic Partnerships at St Bart’s.

Misconceptions About Homelessness

Addressing some common misconceptions, Neil explained that homelessness often results from uncontrollable life events. “One of the main ones is that people are homeless because it’s their fault. Often, it’s due to events like job loss, illness, or domestic violence.”

The current cost of living crisis and the lack of affordable rentals are also significant factors. He said, “We support around 600 people a day, and we don’t have any spare beds.” This strain is felt across many organisations, with more people facing homelessness than ever before.

We’re collecting new and clean…

Fleece blankets, beanies, gloves and scarves, backpacks, body wash, soap, deodorant, underwear, single-pack toothbrushes, toothpaste, wipes and socks.

St. Bart’s will use these items in their winter care packs for those in need. “We want to give people some help and recognise their humanity. A simple thing like a warm coat or a beanie can make a significant difference.

Click here to view the full list of items we are collecting and to find out where you can drop them off. Listen to the full conversation below!