On Thursday 25 August 2017, Youth Off The Streets in conjunction with the Addison Road Community Centre Organisation opened our new shower facilities in Marrickville.
The Addison Road Community Centre is home to our Sydney Homelessness Services and thanks to funding from the NSW department of Family and Community Services we have built and opened a new sports facility as well as six new showers in the Gumbramorra Hall, for the community to use.
The new facilities will be of great use to not only Youth Off The Streets, but to the Addison Road Community Centre as a whole, which is home to more than 20 community organisations and artists, galleries, a theatre, radio station park, and organic gardens.
In celebration of the event, a smoking ceremony, welcome to country and welcome speech was given by Uncle Dean, a member of the Botany Bay Aboriginal Community. Uncle Dean is a Cultural Practitioner who enjoys sharing his knowledge of Aboriginal culture and heritage, which has been passed down through his family for countless generations.
Following Uncle Dean, Rosanna Barbero, General Manager of The Addison Road Community Centre Organisation spoke of the importance of providing these much needed services to community members.
Father Chris Riley gave a speech on the day about the importance of opening these facilities. “With the opening of the new facilities, we can ensure that those who need it most have access to clean showers and bathrooms” he said. “For something we so often take for granted, access to these amenities can mean a world of difference to those in need.”
Lastly the showers were officially opened by the Honourable Anthony Albanese, Member for Grayndler, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development and Shadow Minister for Tourism, who also spoke on the day.
We would like to thank all those who attended the opening and continue to support Youth Off The Streets.