Issue 4
Monday, 10 April 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Couch surfers Vesna Korack, Chrissy Barrington, Alana Garlick and trainer Katharine Taylor
Couch surfers Vesna Korack, Chrissy Barrington, Alana Garlick and trainer Katharine Taylor

Couch surfing team top of class

CDU’s Community Services team has performed admirably at the annual couch surfing race day outside Parliament House in Darwin.

“We were one of about 20 organisations to take part this year,” said VET lecturer Katharine Taylor, who was coxswain in a CDU team made up of Community Services students.

“It’s the second year in a row that we’ve participated in this event, which celebrates resilience among young people at risk and draws attention to youth homelessness.”

Ms Taylor said the couch surfing event was a national campaign run by Anglicare on Youth Homelessness Matters Day, to draw attention to the plight of young people who “live it rough”.

“In the Territory it’s a complex, largely hidden community issue for which there is no simple solution. We have just one per cent of the nation’s population under the age of 25, but about 15 per cent of the nation’s homeless young people.

“Typically, these might be people who camp on a mate’s couch for a couple of weeks before moving on to the next mate’s place.”

Ms Taylor said her Certificate IV in Community Service Work students had painted and decorated a couch to represent the theme “education and preventing homelessness”. 

“Couch surfing is a fun way to illuminate a serious issue and a valuable exercise that allows our students to develop a variety of team-building and networking skills,” Ms Taylor said.