Darlo General teams up with the amazing NGO Rough Edges to get real about homelessness and caring for our community
We are completely committed to community here at DG. So you could imagine our absolute delight when we connected with the incredible Rough Edges, a NGO serving the homeless and marginalised in Darlinghurst. Rough Edges creates spaces where different community members can come together, share a meal and connect – so it totally made sense for us to collaborate on an event!
Event Alert! On Friday 4th June from 5.30 to 7.30pm, come to the store to hear a first person account of what it’s like to experience homelessness. Andrew will share his story of growing up in the country as an outsider, coming to Sydney to find a place where he could belong. Along the way, he experienced homelessness, addiction, mental health and trauma. Andrew will have you in tears of laughter and sorrow as you learn about how he felt unwanted by society. Andrew is now employed by Rough Edges to lead Urban Walks around Darlinghurst and Kings Cross, educating groups around the issues of urban poverty. What an amazing night this will be!
This event is free but RSVP is essential: email@example.com
Ahead of the event, we sat down with Rough Edges’ Fundraising & Community Engagement Manager Jen Webster to talk the wins, the challenges, and how we can all make a difference to our community.
DG: Tell me about the Rough Edges genesis story, when and why did it all begin?
JW: Rough Edges originally started as PJs Cafe in 1987 to be a safe inclusive space for sex workers and the transgender community to have a place away from the street. Today, Rough Edges is a community drop-in centre for people who are experiencing homelessness, marginalisation or social isolation. We provide connection, meals, social services support, a legal service and skills-based workshops.
What have been the biggest wins for Rough Edges so far?
Rough Edges has been serving the community for the past 25 years, so a lot has happened in that time!
One big achievement was the creation of the social enterprise (our Urban Exposure program) where we employ people with a lived experience of homelessness to educate groups around the issues of urban poverty.