Connect day helps homeless

HAIRCUTS, health and housing were some of the free services available to disadvantaged people at the Hunter Homeless Connect Day at Broadmeadow PCYC yesterday.

More than 2000 Hunter people are living out of their cars, in tents, in short-term public housing and on the streets.

And about 1500 attended the connect day that offered people assistance in trying to achieve better education, finances, housing and advice on training them to return to the workforce.

There was a families hub that concentrated on issues ranging from family assistance to the seriousness of domestic violence.

Free testing for prostate cancer, diabetes and hepatitis was conducted at the health hub where more than 300 people were checked.

Haircuts were also popular, with second-year hairdressing students from Hunter TAFE performing about 400 cuts throughout the day.

‘‘Those experiencing homelessness require immediate assistance but it’s often impossible to walk alone through the vast array of services offered, and many people fall between the cracks,’’ connect day committee member Nicola Hirschhorn said.

‘‘The Hunter Homeless Connect Day will not solve homelessness in our region, but it will make it much easier for people to find out about services and connect with the help they need.’’

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