About the project
The Byron Community Showers Project is based at the Byron Community Cabins. The project is provided by the Byron Community Centre in collaboration with the Byron Shire Council. The project provides a supervised and safe environment where people experiencing homelessness can access hot showers, laundry facilities, toiletries, clothes, weekly haircuts, service information, and general support from trained volunteers, and trained community service workers.
For the community members who access the showers, being able to connect with community services, ensuring personal hygiene needs are being met, and sitting down for a cup of tea and a chat all have an immeasurable impact on day-to-day life. Although community showers won’t solve homelessness, it does fill a massive gap in available support for those without a home in our community, and its impact has a flow-on effect that many of us may not have considered:
“The first man I told [about the showers] was so relieved. He was living on the streets with all his possessions tucked away in his raggedy old backpack. He told me he was about to get on a bus and travel to Sydney to visit family but was worried he would bother the other travellers as he hadn’t been able to shower or shave for a couple of weeks. Now he can climb aboard feeling confident and comfortable for the 12 hours bus ride”
Bruce Heid, former volunteer at the Byron Community Centre.
How to apply
The showers project runs for two hours, two days a week – Monday and Wednesday: 10am to 12pm. People are able to sign up to have a shower at Liberation Larder (on a Monday) and the Homeless Breakfast (on a Wednesday) from 8am. Both programs are run at the Byron Community Centre. There is no “drop-in” component for the showers project.