NPB Security is proud to be working with Uniting WA, providing security at Koort Boodja, a transitional accommodation program for people experiencing homelessness.
Uniting WA Operations Lead Emma White said the program is an interim solution to the current housing crisis.
“The aim of the program is to provide safe and supported accommodation for rough sleepers, including specialised support services, cultural support and capacity building to maintain a future housing tenancy,” Emma said.
“Given the complexities and challenges that a person may present with, Koort Boodja reduces the barriers for a person to access accommodation and works with each person on an individual basis to develop safe plans so that they can safely reside at the service.”
Supplying security guards for ten years, Emma said NPB has provided a valued and important service to Uniting WA over the years.
“We have sought the support of security personnel who work respectfully with people accessing our homelessness services, to maintain the safety of the service and the people who access it, whilst ensuring that they do this within our values and expectations of a trauma-informed approach,” Emma said.
“NPB has been open to developing the skills of their security personnel to ensure that they can work with compassion, empathy, and respect.”
Uniting WA are also responsible for the newly renovated Tranby Engagement Hub (Tranby), which assists adults in crisis, in and around the City of Perth.
Officially reopened in June 2021, Tranby is the first co-designed and purpose-built crisis intervention space in WA that supports an active referral and engagement model for people experiencing homelessness.
Emma said there has been lots of positive feedback from people accessing the newly transformed space, which was designed in collaboration with people who have experienced homelessness.
“Some of the initial reactions we observed were feelings of being overwhelmed at how much the space had been transformed and how nice it felt to have a new space to access that was designed and built specifically for them,” Emma said.
“The innovative and careful co-design collaboration process means the new Tranby can truly meet the needs of the people it supports by facilitating intentional and purposeful engagement with every person who accesses the service.
“Our team provide essential services such as showers and meals, and we also work one-on-one with people to understand their individual needs, supporting them to access the services that are right for them.”
Director Scott Parry said NPB were proud of their relationship with Uniting WA and look forward to supporting their mission for years to come.
There are several ways you can support Uniting WA, through financial contributions, the donation of items or advocacy.
“During summer, we find that there is an increase in demand for thongs, sunscreen, insect repellent, underwear, toiletry and hygiene items,” Emma said.
Contacting your Federal member of Parliament and making homelessness an election issue is a great way to support those experiencing homelessness.
If you’re in a position to donate, items can be dropped directly to Uniting WA or to the NPB Security office and will be delivered on your behalf. Make a financial donation via the Uniting WA website, or take your eligible containers to a Containers for Change depot and donate the refund to Uniting – donation code: C10277586.