Orange Sky positively connects people experiencing homelessness with access to free laundry, warm showers and, most importantly, genuine conversation. Over the past five years, we have been forced to innovate to support the community to recover after major events like bushfires and floods - and now is no different. We will be forced to do things differently, but nothing will stop us from supporting our friends on the street at a time when they need us most.

 

We are currently trialling a new community response service model, with increased health and safety measures, after recently pausing our free laundry and shower service across Australia. We are bringing back shifts across the country and you can find the most recent shift information by clicking here.

 

We acknowledge that every hour of every day might look different in this COVID-19 world, and the way we operate our service will continue to evolve, but what remains the same is the reason why we do it. Our mission is to positively connect communities and we will do all we can to make sure the conversation doesn’t stop. We are one community experiencing the impact of COVID-19 together and we need your support to #continueconnection.

A Message from Ros

"We should be looking out for each other, everyone can do their part. It will be rough if services are not able to run. I am hand washing now and many people sleeping near me just go without. The people sleeping in the city are going to struggle as you cannot live without these services for long. People are avoiding each other and there is a lot of disconnection, I feel like there is going to be lot of mental health problems really soon."

One in seven homeless Australians are 55 years or older

A third of people over 55 are living on less than $400 a week

Between 2011 and 2016, the proportion of older people who were homeless increased.

Older people living in severely crowded dwellings increased to 44 per cent in 2016, from 35 per cent in 2001.

The Continue Connection Playlist

How Your Donation Helps

Innovate our model for a COVID-19 world

Our team has been working hard to develop a new community response service model that can operate in a COVID-19 world to help our friends doing it tough.

Deliver our service and evolve as things change

Our team is committed to finding innovative ways to keep the most vulnerable people in our community connected and supported during this time. We know that every day might look different, and the way we operate our service will continue to evolve, but what remains the same is the reason why we do it and who we do it for.

Connect this new service model with our business as usual model

We expect there to be a higher need for our service not only during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also when it slows down. As we look for innovative ways to deliver our service during this pandemic, we remain committed to ensuring that our regular services will be ready to support people when we’re needed.

Please donate now to help us continue to support those doing it tough.

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Ways To Get Involved

Facebook Fundraiser

Have a birthday or milestone you want to celebrate? Or just want to help us #continueconnection? Did you know you can set up a fundraising event that's connected to your Facebook account?

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Virtual Trivia

Get your friends together by setting up a virtual trivia game fundraiser. There are heaps of tools online that can help you do this. You could share your trivia presentation online and have teams in separate video calls to consult on the answers!

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Fundraise With Your Colleagues

Sitting on a video chat and don't have anything cool to talk about? Why not suggest an office fundraiser to support Orange Sky. We have thought of everything for you so just click below and get started!

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Invite Nic & Lucas to present at an upcoming event or meeting.

Do you have an upcoming event or staff meeting you would like a guest speaker to present at? Invite Nic & Lucas to share the Orange Sky story virtually with your team as well as how we are embracing innovation during these times.

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Updates

Nic & Lucas are providing below a behind the scenes look at Orange Sky's innovative approach to services during COVID-19.

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Show your support for our friends and #continueconnection

Join us on this journey as we find ways to #continueconnection during COVID-19. You can download images and editable templates via the link below to use across your social channels. Share with us what you're doing to keep the conversation going.

HERE ARE SOME PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO ARE CONTINUING CONNECTION AND MAKING SURE THEY DON’T LET THE CONVERSATION STOP.

“We’re one community and I can do my little bit to make sure the conversations don’t stop. Let’s continue connections with our friends on the street.”

 

- You

“I look forward to it every week, simply because I know you guys are going to be here. The community is really important because that’s where I connect and feel part of something”

- George, Friend

“An Orange Sky shift is my favourite place to be. I feel at home and I know that our friends feel the same way. It’s like little family. Talking, supporting each other and having a genuine connection.”

- Helen, Volunteer

Every day matters and every person matters, so every conversation matters as well. We know the importance of finding a community to collaborate with others helping our most vulnerable

- Sonia, Service Provider

Frequently Asked Questions

Got a few questions about Orange Sky's service or our #continueconnection campaign? Hopefully we can answer them here for you.

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Media

If you’d like more information, please click the link below to get in touch.

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Socials

Follow our socials for up to date information on how Orange Sky is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as some positive news stories about our community

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