A new community partnership aimed at helping homeless young people in Brisbane was announced today and will see the expansion of the Red Cross Night Café program.
The partnership between Bank of Queensland and the Australian Red Cross involves piloting extended contact hours for vulnerable young people who visit the Night Café.
The Night Café currently operates Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7-9pm at Brisbane City Hall and is visited by an average of 50 to 60 young people, some as young as nine years old.
Executive Director of Australian Red Cross Queensland Greg Goebel said they would receive project support from Bank of Queensland to fund the trial extension of service.
“Australian Red Cross Night Cafe provides a safe space, nutritious food, showers, clothing and access to vital information services for homeless young people in Brisbane,” Mr Goebel said.
“Last year, the Night Café was visited more than 7000 times, highlighting the need for this vital Red Cross service.
“Australian Red Cross welcomes the support of Bank of Queensland which will assist our staff and volunteers who run our Night Café to continue to provide meals and support to vulnerable youth.”
Bank of Queensland Managing Director David Liddy said the Bank was proud to provide assistance to the Red Cross Night Café project as part of its commitment to the community.
“In partnership with Red Cross we hope to further develop this service to enable the Night Café to open on a weekend night and build a model that could be replicated in other Red Cross sites,” Mr Liddy said.
“Bank of Queensland community partnerships focus on developing and supporting young people across the areas of health, education, welfare, the arts and the environment.
“In the spirit of true partnerships, we have committed to our partners for a minimum of two years to ensure a meaningful and beneficial relationship evolves and so that our staff have more opportunities to be involved.”