Shelter and dignity, in a backpack

Backpack beds

Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections CEO Pat Hall with Mayor Wendy Waller and the Backpack Beds.

28 June 2019

With temperatures in Liverpool dropping to single digits this winter, Liverpool City Council is making life easier for residents who are sleeping rough by supporting Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections (LNC) with the purchase of 144 Backpack Beds for those in need.

“We are proud to partner with Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections to help people who are braving the elements,” Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said.

“The Backpack Beds are giving not only much-needed shelter, but also dignity to the forgotten people.

Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections CEO Pat Hall said everyone has the right to shelter and basic comfort and that the clever, simple concept of the Backpack Bed would improve the lives of some of the most needy in the community.

“Instant protection from the elements all year round, out of a light backpack – what a great design,” Ms Hall said.

“Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections is being proactive about an issue that cannot be ignored.”

The three-kilogram Backpack Beds are ergonomically designed with adjustable shoulder straps. They have storage compartments for 20 kilograms worth of person effects.

LNC is distributing the Backpack Beds in conjunction with the Liverpool/ Fairfield Homelessness Interagency, in collaboration between Liverpool and Fairfield councils.

For more information on Backpack Beds, visit https://backpackbed.org/au/homeless-backpack-bed