Soup kitchens, couch conversations and a homelessness sector update are among events being held as part of Homelessness Week 2018.

The Department of Communities provides Shelter WA with $15,000 annual funding to coordinate events during this week, which shines a light on homelessness.

Events are being held in metropolitan and regional areas including Margaret River, Meekatharra and Esperance.

The week runs nationally from Monday 6 August 2018 to Sunday 12 August 2018. The WA theme this year is: “There’s always something you can do”.  

The week is an opportunity to hear from those with a lived experience of homelessness in WA and consider the ways to make a difference.

Learning from first-hand accounts of homelessness will also play an integral role in developing the 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness.

The strategy is being designed through a partnership between government, peak bodies and the community sector, and is a key project of the State Government’s Supporting Communities Forum.

Consultation workshops with individuals and organisations in Perth and regional WA, including with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, will be held in September and October 2018.

The strategy will emphasise how policy can be set and services provided differently and better.

The Department of Communities provides funding of more than $80 million per year to support homelessness related services in WA.