Brisbane’s homeless and disadvantaged population will have somewhere to shower, wash their clothes and recieve essential services thanks to Stand Up, Step Out (SUSO). The program is a joint partnership between Footprints in Brisbane, Sandbag Community Services, and One Voice from Melbourne.

Footprints in Brisbane and its partners are the recipients of a Dignity First grant from the Department of Housing and Public Works and are very excited to bring this concept to those who need it most.

One Voice, with its experience in operating shower buses in Melbourne and Sydney, facilitated the modification of a city bus close to its Melbourne headquarters.

In a first for the Brisbane Northern suburbs, the mobile unit will reach service areas where there is a ‘significant’ population who are currently unable to gain access to basic services.

This free mobile shower and laundry service will be available for those who require a helping hand.

“The service will provide the homeless community, those who are struggling with poor mental or physical health, or substance use, with free hot showers and laundry, as well as direct access to professional housing and mental health outreach workers,” said Footprints Team Leader Stephen Hawkins

SUSO will work with existing organisations to complement the services already present in the area and cater to the outer northern regions of Brisbane — Zillmere, Aspley, Lawnton, Redcliffe, Mitchelton, and Sandgate — with the ability to reach other areas in the future.

See socials from a charity event hosted by The Hunger Project here.