Southern Peninsula Community Support and Information Centre (SPCSIC) provides front line support from their Centre on Point Nepean Rd, Rosebud, with emergency relief by way of food, utility payments and referrals to co-located services.
In addition the team of staff and volunteers provides outreach support to people experiencing homelessness through the Southern Peninsula Laundry and Shower Program (SPLASH) on the Rosebud foreshore.
The program was started in response to a lack of services in the area and anecdotal evidence that the numbers of people sleeping rough was increasing.
In the last 12 months the program, which runs three times a fortnight, has had 540 visitors of which 128 are unique individuals, confirming the high rates of homelessness in this area.
The program is based at a Shire toilet block which has been fitted with two showers, washing machines and a dryer. Visitors enjoy a healthy lunch, companionship, a shower and opportunity to wash their clothes. The informality and voluntary nature of the engagement has encouraged a sense of community and many people are regular visitors. SPCSIC encourages other services to attend the program, including Bolton Clarke outreach health care and Salvocare, Crisis accommodation.