Last week InfraSol team spent a day at the Corporate Community Volunteering Program run by Rough Edges. Rough Edges is a non-government organisation based in Darlinghurst that aims at providing a sense of community and support for homeless and marginalised people. A team of 15 members from InfraSol participated on the day where the team cooked a barbeque, served lunch and shared a meal with those who attended the Rough Edges Café – a space for sharing and connecting with the community. Ryan, the Community Services Team Leader talked us through the history of Rough Edges and helped us in setting up the meal services for the day. The afternoon was about understanding the issues of those who have been marginalised by society and the challenges they face.
Later in the afternoon our team was taken on an Urban Exposure Education Program which involved a tour of the history of the local area and a window into the day to day lives of its residents - who frequent the Rough Edges Café. Andrew, who conducted the walking tour, was kind enough to share anecdotes from experiences of his own past life as a member of that community and of his more recent experience in participating in the Rough Edges program. Andrew brought with him important insights into the changing face of King Cross with its lock out laws, impacts of drugs and he shed light on the lifesaving programs currently available in the area.
We felt privileged to sit down and spend time in conversations with the Rough Edges community. We look forward to working with them again and into the future.