Outreach van & BBQ trailer
Community building

Outreach van & BBQ trailer

An estimated 5.6 million Australians suffer from loneliness. That’s one in four of us.*

Rosies - Friends on the street
Outreach van & BBQ trailer:
June 2018 - May 2019

Partner profile

Rosies Youth Mission Inc. is a Queensland-based organisation helping those who are lonely, abandoned, homeless and socially isolated.

Since 1987, Rosies - Friends on the Street volunteers have provided companionship and outreach to an estimated 63,000 people per year. Volunteer teams assist those in need by sharing friendship, along with a drink and bite to eat. Rosies use outreach vans to 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

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 depression2.

66% of people feeling lonely, seek friendship as a remedy2.

This is where Rosies help. Rosies reaches out to those most in need, those people who are lonely, abandoned, and marginalised within our communities. Their volunteers provide a community of friendship, acceptance and belonging.

Rosies has 13 branches throughout Queensland, hosting regular street outreach events. The events are attended by a range of people who are homeless, socially isolated or under financial or relationship strain. At their core, these events connect people.

Funding from the LUCRF Super Community Program was used to purchase a replacement van for Rosies Beenleigh branch and a new specially-designed BBQ trailer, allowing Rosies to expand their valuable outreach program in the Greater Brisbane metro area.  

Ultimately the impact of the new van and BBQ trailer enhances the services that Rosies provides to clients, while offering volunteers improved safety and an enormous sense of pride in volunteering for this progressive and positive organisation.

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.

1Help end loneliness this Christmas’, The Australian Red Cross Loneliness Survey, October 2017, https://www.redcross.org.au/news-and-media/media-centre/media-releases/help-end-loneliness-this-christmas, viewed 30 July 2018.

2Bastian, 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. https://ppw.kuleuven.be/okp/_pdf/Bastian2015SAASE.pdf, viewed 6 September 2018.

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