PEOPLE who have experienced sleeping rough in Murray Bridge will share their experiences in a special photography and audio exhibition to mark National Homelessness Week.

The Reflections on Homelessness – Our Future Can Still Be Bright exhibition will be hosted at Murray Bridge Town Hall by ac.care.

ac.care’s Murray Bridge homelessness staff have encouraged people they have supported to overcome or avoid homelessness to contribute photographs and recordings to share their experiences and insight into the personal impact of being without a stable home.

The exhibition opening will be held at 10am on August 2.

“Join us for the day to hear our community’s voice through recordings and self-expression with photographs to raise awareness of the housing crisis across Australia and our community,” ac.careĀ  Murraylands Homelessness Service manager Thanuja Hiripitiyage said.

“It is an opportunity to hear and understand voices in Murray Bridge and understand people at risk of or experiencing homelessness are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children and grandparents, people of all ages, genders and cultures, but we all have a responsibility as a community to look after one another.”

Ms Hiripitiyage said the exhibition aimed to challenge social stigma around homelessness and demonstrate people did not give up on striving for a better life, even though they often faced challenges.

“Homelessness is only an experience as part of their life journey and does not define a person’s worth and right to respect,” Ms Hiripitiyage said.

RAISING AWARENESS: ac.care Murraylands Homelessness Service manager Thanuja Hiripitiyage is hoping to see strong community attendance at a special National Homelessness Week exhibition in Murray Bridge to raise awareness of the experiences of people struggling to sustain stable accommodation.
RAISING AWARENESS: ac.care Murraylands Homelessness Service manager Thanuja Hiripitiyage is hoping to see strong community attendance at a special National Homelessness Week exhibition in Murray Bridge to raise awareness of the experiences of people struggling to sustain stable accommodation.

The event aligns with the 2022 National Homelessness Week theme of “to end homelessness we need a plan”.

“The plan can start from listening to our own community, accepting people and learning from their lived experiences,” Ms Hiripitiyage said.

“There are often many more challenges in people’s lives than what we see on the surface, but we are all human and nobody chooses to be homeless.”

Ms Hiripitiyage said she hoped the exhibition stimulated discussion through sharing of images, identified patterns in the experiences of people facing homelessness and empowered participants to learn new skills and develop self-expression.

“We know that coming together for this event and drawing attention to the issue can also help keep up the hopes of people experiencing homelessness to not give up on seeking a better future for all,” Ms Hiripitiyage said.

Free soup, giant games, drumming for school groups and other activities will feature on the day until 3pm.

Call ac.care on 08 8531 4900 for more information.

ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday
9am to 5pm
Tuesday
10:30am to 5pm
Wednesday
9am to 5pm
Thursday
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
Friday
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Millicent
Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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