Tackling homelessness in Tamworth


In Tamworth alone, there are more than 260 people who are homeless, a figure that has risen by 27 per cent in NSW over the past five years, including as the drought has really bitten in the area. 

The Rapid Relief Team (RRT) is helping break the cycle of homelessness and supported the Tamworth Homeless Connect Day at on Thursday July 26 at the TRECC, Greg Norman Drive. 

Some 20 RRT volunteers provided meals for more than 1,000 guests,  committing 110 hours to create at least 500 delicious bacon and egg rolls, and another 500 burgers.  

The Connect runs the annual event for both government and non-government services to connect with people who are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness. 

The RRT has volunteered at the annual Connect every year since 2016, providing thousands of warmly welcomed hot meals and beverages to the homeless. 

The RRT supports the Tamworth Homeless Connect alongside community services that provide free employment and legal services, complimentary toiletries, clothing and birth certificates. 

An initiative of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, the RRT is staffed by Church volunteers who provide catering services during a range of charitable events and emergencies. 

Lloyd Grimshaw from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, said the RRT was thrilled to contribute again at the Tamworth Homeless Connect this year. 

“The RRT believes everyone deserves a safe place to call home, which is why we continue to support the Tamworth Homeless Connect and other great causes,” Mr Grimshaw said.  

“We want to serve up a bit of hope, along with a delicious burger or bacon and egg roll, to the most vulnerable people in our local community.”

Every day in some small way, RRT volunteers offer a helping hand to those in need. For more information about the Rapid Relief Team, go to https://www.rapidreliefteam.org/