Joel Bracher and a committed group of Coffs locals are raising the issue of youth homelessness next week.
Joel Bracher and a committed group of Coffs locals are raising the issue of youth homelessness next week. Contributed

Bringing the message from the couch to the community

DO YOU know couch surfing is one of the first signs of homelessness in young people?

In the Coffs Harbour area alone, there are an estimated 1000 people currently experiencing homelessness.

On Wednesday, April 5, City Square in Coffs Harbour's Harbour Dr will be taken over for Youth Homelessness Matters Day, with fun activities and music raising awareness of this important societal issue.

"We're excited to be showcasing some amazing local artists who have experienced homelessness,” co-ordinator Joel Bracher said.

"There will be games and prizes to be won, as well as plenty of information available on local services that can assist people experiencing homelessness.”

Performers on the day will include local Gumbatynggirr poet, visual artist and photographer Bernard Kelly-Edwards, who will share his experiences through spoken word poetry.

Papa Richie will perform his unique fusion of soul, reggae, rhythm and blues.

Local musician Yhan Leal and everyday people who have experienced homelessness and will challenge the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding homelessness.

The event will be held between 10am and 2pm.



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