At Beddown we believe everyone deserves a bed to sleep in
Beddown is a national not-for-profit organisation looking to tackle homelessness in Australia in a new and innovative way. We do this by looking at space differently and utilising venues that are busy during the day and are left empty at night. We activate and repurpose these spaces into pop-up accommodation to provide safety, shelter, security, services, and a great night’s sleep to those in need.
Over 8,000 homeless people sleep rough every night across Australia, on the street, on a bench, in a park or under a bridge. Hundreds of people who sleep rough die each year from attacks, suicides, overdoses, infected wounds and pneumonia. This means the average life expectancy of someone long-term sleeping rough is just 47 and in 2020 this is unacceptable.
Sleep deprivation can lead to many physical and mental health conditions for those who sleep rough, such as depression, diabetes, cancer, stroke, hypertension, obesity or memory loss. It can also impair cognitive function and lead to alcohol or drug use.
By providing a safe, secure and comfortable place to get a good night’s rest, we help restore the health, dignity and respect of our guests. We also aim to help transition our guests out of homelessness to longer-term solutions such as secure accommodation, education, training, employment and/ or rehabilitation as we look to change people’s lives and save people’s lives.
Beddown also collaborates with other charitable organisations that provide complementary services to our guests onsite such as laundry and showers, food and beverage, medical, health and well-being and clothing. Local communities and businesses also have an opportunity to support and volunteer to help repair the quality of life of our guests.
After a successful pilot in a Brisbane CBD car park in October 2019, a grant from Sunsuper’s Dreams for a Better World will kick-start our program over three venues across Brisbane and Sydney. The grant will go towards beds and bedding, emergency and first aid equipment. The grant will also help set up Beddown’s technical support to help keep our volunteers safe and provide data to other community services to connect and provide better services to our guests.