02/08/2016 - 13:11

UnitingCare West mannequins tell story of homeless women

02/08/2016 - 13:11

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UnitingCare West has made a creative and confronting statement with its 2016 Winter Appeal, which features an eye-catching shop window display in Forrest Chase across the Perth train station overpass.

UnitingCare West mannequins tell story of homeless women
REMINDER: The shop window display in Forest Chase. Photo: Attila Csaszar

UnitingCare West has made a creative and confronting statement with its 2016 Winter Appeal, which features an eye-catching shop window display in Forrest Chase across the Perth train station overpass.

Four well-dressed female mannequins hold up cardboard signs that tell a story, which will unfold over the next three months to reveal which of the ‘women’ has become homeless.

The mannequins are modelled on real life stories sourced from UnitingCare West clients, in particular from those who have used its women’s refuge service.

The display aims to stop commuters and encourage them to consider the growing number of homeless women in Perth.

At least 10,000 people in Perth are experiencing homelessness, according to the last census, with women comprising about 61 per cent of these.

UnitingCare West hopes to raise $100,000 with this year’s winter appeal.

UnitingCare West chief executive Sue Ash said demand for its homeless services came from all parts of society.

“I think people will be shocked and surprised by what they see in this display,” Ms Ash told Business News.

“The life stories of these women will give the community an understanding of just how quickly anyone can go from having everything to living rough on the street, and the number of factors that contribute to that.”

Ms Ash listed family and domestic violence, followed by financial crisis and a lack of affordable housing as the key reasons why women became homeless.

The public can trace the story of the mannequins over the next few months by following the hashtag #ucwwinter and by visiting the organisation’s Facebook page.

Forrest Chase is a supporter of the UnitingCare West Winter Appeal and has provided the space pro-bono. 

 

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