Today we delivered 27 warm life saving sleeping bags to another charity that helps people sleeping rough. No one charity can do everything on its own. We do a lot and we’re proud of our work but we can’t meet all the needs of all the people all the time. This is why collaboration with other charities is important. A huge part of being your best as a charity is understanding not only what else needs to be done but also what else is currently being done, and working with those groups to ensure a better experience for those in […]

The National Homeless Collective needs your help in getting sanitary items, toiletries and other essentials to those impacted by the bush fires. Your contributions will go a long way and all donations greater than $2 are tax deductible. Please donate via credit card or pay-pal using our secure pay-pal facility by clicking the donate button below. NHC Bushfire Relief Appeal is an initiative of the National Homeless Collective ABN: 93613068992.

A huge thank you to the students at Brighton Grammar School for this incredible fundraising effort. These amazing young people raised $1850 for us which will see an incredible end to our 2019 sleeping bag campaign. We can’t wait to tally up our final total. We wish we didn’t have to give these bags out and we wish everyone had a warm bed to sleep in at night but the sad fact is many people don’t have a home to go to and don’t have a warm bed to sleep in. These sleeping bags help keep people warm at night […]

Over the last couple of days, we have seen a millionaire sports star crowdfund for the purpose of “fighting for what’s right”…. that’s code for wanting to spread hateful and homophobic views, with no consequence from their employer. Youth who identify as LGBTIQ, the very group being targeted,  are over-represented in homelessness statistics. The main reason for this is that they are kicked out of home when they disclose their sexual identity. Every single day young LGBQTI people are discriminated against, abused and tossed aside – purely because of their sexuality. We think funding safe beds to sleep in and […]

Firstly I want to thank everyone for their support and generosity. Across Australia people are dying due to the cold of winter. Those sleeping rough need your help and through our Sleeping Bags for Homelessness project you can help. Last year with your help we distributed thousands of these subzero sleeping bags. We perform our own street walks and also supply other groups like Father Bob who distribute via their food vans and Lentil as Anything Thornbury who hand them out at their amazing restaurant. Yesterday we got this delivery of 18 sub zero sleeping which will be going to […]

OK people! We can FINALLY announce our exciting news! We’re expanding into Brunswick East and we just couldn’t be happier! We’re opening a combined Op Shop, meditation den, community space with life connection workshop programs that will benefit everyone in the community but most of all our most vulnerable. But we need YOU to help us get her ready for our grand opening in Summer! We desperately need tradies and tools. The space is gorgeous but she needs a bit of a facelift and it’ll take all manner of trades folk to help us get her ready for her grand […]

It’s been as cold as -2 degrees some mornings. Imaging sleeping in that, or waking up to that. It’s absolutely horrific and inhumane. Sometimes it can be a while between posts but please know that’s because we’re just so busy getting these bags out and running things behind the scenes. We’ve had around 1800 bags purchased and donated. We’ve got 250 left that we’re rationing out now. That means 1550 life saving sleeping bags have been distributed during this brutal winter thanks to your generosity. These along with other warm items like socks, beanies, scarves and jackets have helped make […]

It’s that time again. Winter is fast approaching and sadly every year there are more and more people experiencing homelessness and sleeping on the streets. A sleeping bag can literally save a life, and we’re aiming to get at least 500 of them to save as many lives as possible. 500 is the minimum we need. 1000 would be amazing. Every single one of them is needed. As every year passes we learn more about what’s needed out there on the streets and the biggest call now is for sleeping bags. This year we’re focussing on getting as many sleeping […]

We had a lovely catch up with Graham and the team from the Fr Bob Maguire Foundation and the lovely Natalie from Orange Sky Australia last night at Peanut Farm. These beautiful humans help deliver your sleeping bags out directly to our friends sleeping rough. With so many people needing support these days it’s crucial we team up with like-minded and genuine organisations such as these guys to increase our reach. We saw around 30 bags go out last night and both groups have many more on hand to pass on to people they meet along the way. The services offered at this outreach […]

We were in Perth this week spending time with the team from the Perth Homeless Support Group. Ron and Michael from PHSG have an incredible team behind them and so some amazing work connecting with people experiencing homelessness in the Perth area. We donated a stack of much needed sleeping bags from our recent sleeping bag drive and joined the team for a Sunday morning street catch up. It was was an incredible day. We’re super proud to be connected with this inspiring group of amazing humans. — with Donna Zen and Ron Reid.

While I took this photo there was a 62 year old lady whom I personally know huddled down in a sleeping bag in a park, trying to keep warm but more importantly keep safe. The problem of homelessness in Melbourne is just getting worse. I’ve never seen so many people sleeping rough. Last night we were at an event to raise more donations of sleeping bags and on the walk back past the Spencer Outlet Centre I saw three people sleeping on the cold concrete. Further down I saw something even more disturbing and heartbreaking. An elderly lady walking near […]