Rosies - Friends on the Street

5.6 million Australians, that’s one in four of us, are lonely almost all of the time or on a regular basis*. 

Rosies – Friends on the Street, help those who are lonely, abandoned, homeless and socially isolated. Volunteer teams assist those in need by sharing friendship, along with a drink and bite to eat. Through the use of outreach vans, Rosies provide essential human connection, belonging and hope to those facing significant challenges. 

Watch this video to learn more about how we supported Rosies in 2018

One person who has benefitted from Rosies is Karl. After the flat he had rented for eight years was sold, Karl had to move out and became homeless. He thought that it would be temporary but two and a half years later, Karl was still sleeping rough. This is when he found Rosies.

 ‘I don’t know where I’d be without Rosies. Any way I can help to spread the good news about how this organisation helps people like me is important to me.’ – Karl

Karl’s story highlights just one of many difficult situations faced by Australians everyday. Homelessness can happen to anyone and is a growing problem in Australia. 

Keeping loneliness at bay

Likewise, loneliness is on the increase – scientific research has clearly shown that loneliness can have wide-ranging health effects, including low self-esteem, reduced life satisfaction, anxiety and depression^. Regular street outreach events hosted by Rosies help people feel less lonely. They’re attended by a range of people who are homeless, socially isolated or under financial or relationship strain. At their core, these events connect people.

The outreach vans enable Rosies to safely transport volunteers, equipment and consumables to reach areas of need. The Beenleigh branch in Queensland typically assists up to 40 people twice a week, every week of the year. 

Our Community Program funding will be used to upgrade their old van and build a new specially-designed BBQ trailer. This will allow Rosies to expand their valuable outreach program in the Greater Brisbane metro area.  

*’Help end loneliness this Christmas’, The Australian Red Cross Loneliness Survey, October 2017,, viewed 30 July 2018.

^ Bastian, B, Erbas, Y, Houben, M, Pe, M, and Kuppens, P. 2015. ‘Sad and Alone: Social Expectancies for Experiencing Negative Emotions Are Linked to Feelings of Loneliness’, Social Psychological and Personality Science, Vol. 6(5) 497., viewed 6 Sep 2018.

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