Our story began in 2011 with a few people who were passionate about raising awareness of the homeless crisis in Sydney and who wanted to give back to the community.
Given the limited volunteer scope on offer with existing charities, we decided to tap in to our own social networks to identify like-minded people wanting to make a difference. Our aim was to start a simple, zero overhead, volunteer-centric service assisting Sydney’s homeless, and more specifically the rough sleepers who are considered the most at-risk and vulnerable people in our community.
Weekly food runs are the heart and soul of what BOP does! Working with our wonderful volunteers and generous food donors, we will continue to deliver nutritionally balanced meals to Woolloomooloo's homeless community. All food is sourced fresh and made on the day by our volunteers.
Sydney's Homeless Community
1 in 200 people are homeless in Australia, 60% of which are under the age of 34. Recent data suggests that the homeless crisis has worsened in NSW. There are now 28,500 homeless people in NSW alone. The four leading causes for homelessness are: Financial difficulties (unemployment), accommodation issues (housing crisis, inadequate dwellings), domestic violence/relationship issues and health reasons (mental health issues, substance abuse).
The February 2014 street count organised by the City of Sydney has shown an alarming increase of 26% in the numbers of rough sleepers over the last 12 months. The Woolloomooloo and Surry Hills food runs are directly aimed at helping these rough sleepers by providing food, clothes and wellbeing services.
The demand for homeless services is increasing and charities along with community service providers are looking for new ways to meet these demands. BOP will continue to partner with food donors, councils and volunteers to provide support through its operations.