Give the joy of a book this Christmas

Children in homeless families are now the largest single group who seek support from the homeless service system. On a basic level, homelessness for children means missing out. Missing out on the things that other children take for granted such as a safe place to sleep every night, school excursions, regular nutritious meals and the…

A promising way to help the community

Wish you could keep your resolution to eat healthier, do more exercise or stop biting your nails? It’s time to put your money where your mouth is and commit to your goal on the new Promise or Pay website. Founder, Jay Boolkin, explains where this idea came from and how it can help you achieve…

Do you have an Epic! story to share?

We will be launching our Epic! Short Story Competition for young people in Term 1 of 2015.  The competition will be open to primary and secondary students with great prizes to be won. The theme for 2015 is “Home is…..” so it’s time to get those laptops charged and pencils sharpened!

Anti-social behaviour – cause or consequence of homelessness?

Sadly anti-social behaviours such as drug and alcohol abuse are often associated with homelessness. The question is what comes first? According to a series of studies from Northumbria becoming homelessness may lead to anti-social behaviours, mental health issues and substance abuse rather than the other way around. Researchers Adele Irving and Dr Jamie Harding looked…

Meet Lothar, Perth’s Branch Manager

Lothar has been volunteering as Perth’s Branch Manager for the last six months. He has always been around libraries and books and wants to share his adventures in reading as far as possible with all walks of life. He kindly took the time to chat with us on why he became a volunteer and how…

A series of fortunate events

Jo has been living in the leafy suburb of Mt Colah for the last 16 years. She shares her home with her fiancé and three of her five children. Her 21 year old has moved out to study at university while her 26 year old recently moved out with his girlfriend. Life for Jo is…

Why do homeless people need mobiles?

When you picture a homeless person you may not imagine them holding a mobile phone but recent research indicates that it is more common than you may think. For people without stable accommodation owning a mobile can be a way of keeping of safe and navigating a path out of homelessness. A study recently published…

A birthday wish provides much needed books

Michelle* and her daughter Rebecca* share a birthday and this year they were both celebrating important milestones. Michelle was turning 50 while Rebecca was celebrating her 18th birthday. This led them to host a big joint party but they wanted to mark the occasion by helping those less fortunate than themselves. Michelle had previously lived…

New Library Opens in Rajasthan

The Footpath Library’s Founder, Sarah has been continuing her travels and has recently returned from a small village in Rajasthan in northern India. Whilst visiting the small local primary school she discovered there were absolutely no reading resources for the children. The Footpath Library has now proudly been able to set up the village’s  very…

Tim Quinn tells if he really is a Kindle Man

Tim Quinn and his company Kindleman have been generously providing pro-bono web development support to The Footpath Library since 2010. Tim spent a bit of time explaining why Kindleman feels a strong connection to the work of The Footpath Library and how music played on an old Nokia phone can be truly beautiful. Why did…