This year’s Tasting Australia community partnership is contributing to relieving homelessness in Adelaide. While you’re enjoying the great food, spare a thought for less advantaged members of our community and please give generously.
Adelaide is about to get busy again, enjoying our most popular food festival, Tasting Australia – but this year they are sharing the love with a very special Tasting Australia community partnership.
Tasting Australia, presented by RAA Travel, is a wonderful feast – but not everyone in the community is in a position to share in the bounty, and many Adelaide locals don’t even have a secure, warm place to rest their heads at night. This year the event has teamed up with Forage Built and Hutt St Centre as the festival’s exclusive community partners, with the goal of raising awareness, and vital funds, to help with the design and build of a ‘pod’ – a safe, transportable home for people experiencing housing challenges in South Australia.
Forage Built and Hutt St Centre both share the same mission – to provide meaningful change to people experiencing homelessness. They recognise that people living on the streets require more than just housing to break the cycle, an initiative Hutt St Centre refers to as ‘homefulness’.
At Hutt St Centre, this is achieved by providing essential support for people’s immediate needs, like meals and hygiene facilities, as well as a focus on long-term wellbeing through employment programs, support services and pathways to appropriate housing.
Forage Built acknowledges a great need exists for housing and accommodation that provides the right environment to help people overcome crisis and reintegrate into the community. The design of a home is often as important as a support service to rebuild wellbeing, confidence and safety.
Director of Forage Built, Scott Rogasch says “Through the initiative, we aim to provide a meaningful change to the problem of homelessness through an innovative, sustainable and integrated housing solution aligned to gaining safe, suitable transitional accommodation. We hope this partnership with Tasting Australia can help us achieve just that.”
For the duration of the festival, visitors will be able to preview a prototype of the Tasting Australia Community partnership pod in Town Square and learn about Forage Built’s mission, as well as making a donation to Hutt St Centre and Forage Built which will help fund the build of more pods.
Tasting Australia Festival Director, Simon Bryant (a very active, but quiet community benefactor) was instrumental in formalising the partnership, having previously worked with Hutt St Centre. “I’m so proud to see the festival officially linked to these community partners who work so hard on a strategic long-term level to help people achieve the basic human right of safe and dignified housing,” says Simon.
So please spare a thought for those less fortunate when you’re tucking in at this years event, and donate to this very important Tasting Australia community partnership initiative.