Australian Charity Turns Parking Lot into Night-Time Haven for Homeless People

The organization called Beddown is helping the homeless get some much needed sleep.

Homelessness is an issue that affects every major city in the world. It can be the result of many social and economic factors and it is devastating to those who experience it.

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Now, a new charity in Brisbane, Australia is seeking to help the homeless with an innovative idea. Called Beddown, this organization is transforming parking lots into safe havens for the homeless at night.

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The idea is simple enough, put a couple of beds where the lot stations are and provide a couple of services such as access to doctors, dentists, and even hairdressers.

The aim of the initiative is to help the homeless have a good night's sleep and get back on their feet. As such, they are also given new clothes and a space to clean themselves.

 
 
 
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It was great to start bringing the Beddown vision to life last night with a group of our awesome volunteers for the Dry Run. Thank you to our awesome group of volunteers who came in late on a Saturday night to help us trial and set-up some beds. Although as expected we had a few challenges to overcome, but it was awesome to start bringing Beddown to life. Thank you also to one of our many awesome collaborators @sunny_street_ for popping in to see what we are looking to achieve, thanks Sonia 🧡 Beddown will provide an immediate response for those who sleep rough to access a safe, secure shelter and access to a comfy bed and a great nights sleep. We will work with our other collaborative partners to provide longer term solutions to transition our guests into accommodation, education and employment opportunities and ultimately put ourselves out of business (this is the vision). Last night was the first important step towards this vision. The great news is we have now been given 8 weeks at the Beddown venue to help our most vulnerable with the view of a longer term engagement. For those of our awesome Beddown community who would like to be involved in volunteering please fill in our volunteer expression of interest form (see link in bio) We believe everyone deserves a bed to sleep in! #homelessness #homeless #advocate #everyonedeservesabed #beds #globalshift #queensland #brisbane #nsw #sydney #victoria #melbourne #southaustralia #adelaide #westernaustralia #perth #northernterritory #darwin #tasmania #australia #nonprofit #gofundme #community #usa #uk #quality #endhomelessness #dryrun

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“We will look to get as close as we can to a proper comfortable bed to provide the homeless with a great night’s sleep is our ultimate goal. Sleep deprivation is a massive issue for our homeless, so being in a place that offers shelter and is safe, secure and comfortable we believe will have a big impact on those who use Beddown” writes Beddown on their Instagram page.

The founder of the charity Norman McGillivray thought of the idea while walking through an empty parking lot and reached out to Secure Parking, one of the largest car park operators in Australia, to set up a trial. Although currently just available in Brisbane, Beddown's site says the charity is aiming for other destinations soon.

 
 
 
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Here are some initial Statistics and Outcomes from the Pilot: 41 guests used Beddown over the duration of the Pilot. 77% male 23% female guests Sleep rated on average - 4.5 out of 5 Beds rated on average - 4.5 out of 5 100% of guests said they felt safe during their stay. Multiple services accessed by guests - Dr & Nurse, Dentist, Hairdresser, New clothing and Social Services. The most guests turned away in one night due to capacity was 9. The youngest person who tried to access Beddown was just 15 years old. Positive outcomes: “After spending the week here, having a good sleep at night and a routine, it reminded me of life and I booked myself into Rehab for 6 months”. “Being able to sleep all night and away from drugs I’m clearer in the day and have not used drugs for 8 days”. “It’s the first time I have had a dream in years” “I don’t have to watch my back here” A Female guest found employment due to being able to sleep safely at night and able to work during the day. More data being accessed and will be shared soon. This is just the beginning! We now need support from Corporate, Government and the Public to make Beddown a sustainable operation and allow us to roll out across Australia to really help change and save lives. #homelessness #homeless #streetlife #storyofthestreet #beds #globalshift #queensland #brisbane #nsw #sydney #victoria #melbourne #southaustralia #adelaide #westernaustralia #perth #northernterritory #darwin #tasmania #australia #nonprofit #selfesteem #community #usa #uk #quality #endhomelessness #lifechanger

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The charity shared some statistics from their Beddown trials and they were impressive. 41 guests used their beds during the pilot season and 100% said they felt safe.

They rated both their beds and their sleep a 4.5 out of 5. Sadly, the youngest person who tried to access the service was just 15 years old.

It is a tough world out there and we are glad to see some people are doing something to make it better. Could you see a Beddown coming near you? Would you support the initiative?

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