Homelessness in Byron Shire

Byron Shire has the largest cohort of rough sleepers in NSW

Recent statistics* on homelessness in NSW shows Byron Shire has the largest cohort of locals sleeping rough in the state, higher than the City of Sydney. There were 300 rough sleepers counted across the Byron Shire in February 2023. This needs to change!

Our Fletcher Street Cottage team are working hard to respond to this crisis and meet the needs of locals who are doing it tough, through essential services and practical support - but we need your help!

*Data from NSW Government Communities & Justice: 2023 NSW Street Count
^All photos shown are with permission

Give Support

Donate now and help us give practical support to those who need it most in our community

Nourishing Breakfast

$136,500 / year

We served ~10,000 breakfasts in 2022, and  18,200 (forecasted) in 2023 at $7.50 per meal. Help us to feed hungry stomachs!

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We served ~10,000 breakfasts in 2022, and  18,200 (forecasted) in 2023 at $7.50 per meal. Help us to feed hungry stomachs!

Showers, Laundry & Personal Care

$150,000 / year

Help provide basic dignity to our local rough sleepers by supplying personal care kits and a warm shower.

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Help provide basic dignity to our local rough sleepers by supplying personal care kits and a warm shower.

Emergency
Relief

$150,000 / year

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Provide basic dignity through a clean set of clothes for our rough sleepers, to help them to put their best foot forward.

Community Support Staff

$175,000 / year

We employ 5 x Community Support Workers on a casual basis to ensure our service receivers are nurtured.

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We employ 5 x Community Support Workers on a casual basis to ensure our service receivers are nurtured.

Coordinators & Welcome Staff

$170,000 / year

We employ 5 x staff on a part time and casual basis at to run the kitchen and support the daily operations.

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We employ 5 x staff on a part time and casual basis at to run the kitchen and support the daily operations.

Management & Admin

$250,000 / year

We employ 3 x staff on a to coordinate the overall operations and to manage staff and volunteers.

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We employ 3 x staff on a to coordinate the overall operations and to manage staff and volunteers.

Give Support

Donate now and help us give practical support to those who need it most in our community

Nourishing Breakfasts

$250,000 / year

Help us to feed hungry stomachs! We served 10,000+ breakfasts in 2022, and are on track to double this for 2023.

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We served ~10,000 breakfasts in 2022, and  18,200 (forecasted) in 2023 at $7.50 per meal. Help us to feed hungry stomachs!

Community Support Workers

$250,000 / year

Help us to employ Community Support Workers to ensure our service receivers are nurtured ongoing.

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We employ 5 x Community Support Workers on a casual basis to ensure our service receivers are nurtured.

Women's
Space

$150,000 / year

Help provide a nurturing space and ongoing support services for vulnerable women in our community.

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We employ 5 x staff on a part time and casual basis at to run the kitchen and support the daily operations.

Personal Care Facilities

$100,000 / year

Help provide dignity to our rough sleepers with a warm shower, personal care kits and laundry facilities.

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Help provide basic dignity to our local rough sleepers by supplying personal care kits and a warm shower.

Emergency
Relief

$100,000 / year

Help supply our service users with practical emergency relief to address immediate needs and bring stability.

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Provide basic dignity through a clean set of clothes for our rough sleepers, to help them to put their best foot forward.

Leadership & Management

$150,000 / year

Support the overall leadership of staff and volunteers, as well as administration and office operations.

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We employ 3 x staff on a to coordinate the overall operations and to manage staff and volunteers.

*Costs are based on monthly and annual averages and forecasted costs, which are derived from ~1 year of operation. These costs are expected to increase due to a rising demand on services, and also as more forecastable data is available.

$4.65M
Invested in Community
in 2021 - 2022
$1.73m
2022 Northern Rivers Flood Relief Fund
$400k
2021 Fletcher Street Cottage Renovation Fundraiser
4733hrs
Volunteer contribution in 2021 - 2022
Practical

A warm and inclusive space to gain practical relief, connections & access support

Your donations help us to provide critical services and support for people experiencing homelessness in the Byron Shire.

  • Meals, showers, laundry & office support
  • Advocacy, information, referrals & emergency relief
  • Financial aid, medical care, housing, clothing, mental health, hairdresser & podiatrist
17642+
Visits
19074+
Breakfasts
8207+
Showers & Laundry
3190+
Support Appointments
& ER
Nourishing

Serving 16,500+ nourishing breakfasts to hungry mouths

Often mistaken for a cafe, the Fletcher Street Cottage kitchen serves a nourishing breakfast in a warm and inviting courtyard every weekday from 7am - 9am. The demand on our kitchen is growing fast - from 10K+ in 2022 to a forecasted 18K+ in 2023.

  • An inviting space for nurturing social connection
  • Fresh meals made with local produce
  • Seasonally changing menu
Inclusive

Because everyone deserves a home and wraparound support

Your donations help us to provide critical services and support for people experiencing homelessness in the Byron Shire.

  • Meals, showers, laundry & office support
  • Advocacy, information, referrals & emergency relief
  • Visiting Services: Financial aid, medical care, housing, clothing, mental health, hairdresser & podiatrist

be a friend of the Cottage

Become a friend of Fletcher Street Cottage and help us to keep meeting the growing needs of our community

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Fundraise within your Network

We rely on the generosity of our community to keep the doors open.

We'd love your support to raise funds through your network, and help keep our services flowing and expanding. Fundraise on our behalf today.

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Make an In-Kind Donation

Fletcher Street Cottage relies on generous in-kind product and services donations to operate.

If you'd like to support us with a one-off or ongoing donation of product or services, we'd love to hear from you!

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Become a Share Partner

Use your voice to share what Fletcher Street Cottage is doing in the Shire.

Sharing helps boost the funding and support we rely so much upon year-on-year to continue meeting the growing needs of our community.

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Just some of our many wonderful, generous supporters of Fletcher Street Cottage

Community events

Join us at an event for Homelessness Week 2023