Since 1985, a team of Steps’ workers and volunteers have been meeting at the steps of Flinders St Station at night time and engaging with young homeless people. They then meet with these young people during the day time and provide intensive support which includes personal and practical support, referral and advocacy and material aid. This support enables the young people to create pathways out of homelessness and encourages connectedness back into the mainstream community.

Steps is based on a relational model where workers and volunteers come alongside young people to get to know them and support them. By being a positive role model and treating each person as a precious child of God, they demonstrate that they believe in the young person and have hope for their future.

Homelessness Photography Exhibition 2017

Now open to all secondary students and young people up to 19 years old.
You could win a great prize while helping make the community aware of the issue of youth homelessness.
You may not take photos of real homeless people.
For more details, download the pdf flyer or email Anne Mitchell anne.mitchell@concernaustralia.org.au
Entries due Monday 5th June.


Homelessness Resource Kit

This resource contains activities to help Year 9 & 10 students understand and respond to homelessness while exploring their own values of social justice, generosity, inclusion and acceptance of diversity. It incorporates outcomes from the Australian Curriculum in Civics and Citizenship, English, History, HPE and the General Capability strands of Personal and Social Capability and Ethical Understanding. The resource uses inspirational poetry and stories by homeless people, video clips and links to website resources.

$29.95 per kit incl. DVD and Under the Bridge: Voices from the Street
Order your copy
All proceeds go to continuing the work of Steps.

Under the Bridge – Voices from the Street

Concern Australia, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Southbank, launched Under the Bridge in 2010. Under the Bridge combines inspiring poetry and stories of Melbourne’s homeless with stunning photography by Melbourne students and professional photographer, Peter Casamento.

$15 each or 2 copies for $20
Order your copy
All proceeds go to continuing the work of Steps.

Homelessness Photography Exhibition 2016 – Steps Outreach Service

Last year Steps Outreach Service held some inspiring exhibitions of photography on the theme of youth homelessness.

The work is by Melbourne secondary students and shows their insight and understanding of the plight of Melbourne’s homeless youth and the impact of being homeless.

Thank-you to our partners:
Casamento Photography
Calendar Print
Deni Hexter Marketing Communications
Fed Square

View the winning images with the students’ descriptions of why they took the photos:

 Tunnel Vision 1, Isabelle Schinagl, MECS

‘Tunnel Vision’ by Isabelle Schinagl

“Tunnel vision is when you can only see what is right in front of you and I feel like this is a metaphor for the young homeless because they sometimes live day by day instead of looking further into the future. But there is always light at the end of the tunnel, so keep carrying on and keep looking forward to brighter days.”


‘Need a miracle’ by Lauryn Schellebeck

“My photo shows that, despite the little a homeless person has, they can still have faith that their ‘miracle’ will come.”


 ‘Chalk house’ by Bethany Ammann

“I tried to capture the idea of a house being a sanctuary and how it affects someone when it starts fading away. I have represented this with the bright chalk house fallen to its side, fading and washing away with the rain. The bright shoes worn in the centre of the photo represent the potential this person has, while the dull reflection and grey, dark, wintery colours represent the feeling of helplessness that hinders them from having a better future. Homeless people often have a lot of potential but, without a secure place to stay, it may never be realised.”


2017 Calendar now available $15 To order, call the office (03)9470-2972


I want justice—oceans of it.
I want fairness—rivers of it.*

You can see the pain in his eyes as he sits on the steps and tells us his story.

Growing up, he tells us, he always felt like the ‘odd one out who didn’t fit in’. He was constantly and brutally bullied at school and hated his time there.

Julian left home when he was 15 and has been living on and off the streets since then. During that time, he has stayed under the bridge near Southbank, in squats, on friends’ couches, in crisis accommodation and in youth detention.

Mental illness and the chaos of life on the street led him to drug use. He was smoking cannabis and injecting heroin daily. When he talks of his five years living on the street, through his eyes we relive the terror of being assaulted and ‘rolled’ for his money, the intimidation of others, the shame of his own criminal behaviour and drug use, the degradation of not having anywhere to call home or even to have a shower and wash his clothes, of existing on one meal a day because the priority was to get drugs.

But then we see him smile as he talks about meeting workers from Steps who talked to him, cared for him by giving him clean socks, sleeping bags and food vouchers, advocated for him to get into crisis accommodation and rehab and most of all showed him unconditional love and hope.

He talks about the support he received to help him complete a drug rehabilitation course  and ‘stay clean’. He speaks of his thankfulness for people who believed in him and never gave up on him.

Julian is no longer using drugs. He is in the middle of a fitness course and works out at the gym every day.

Julian has realized that he is not the ‘odd one out who doesn’t fit in’ but that he is a unique creation of God, who is loved.

*Amos 5:21-24 The Message


Steps’ partners and supporters 2016:

  • Clayton Church of Christ
  • Grill’d Southbank
  • Gospel Resource
  • Rotary Club of Central Melbourne Sunrise
  • Rotary Club of Southbank
  • St Hilary’s Women on Thursday group

Staying connected project:

  • Capital City LLEN
  • Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation
  • RE Ross Trust

Homelessness Photography Exhibition & 2017 Calendar:

  • Capital City LLEN
  • Calendar Print
  • Casamento Photography
  • Deni Hexter Marketing Communications
  • Federation Square
  • Gluttony Café Collingwood

Christmas party and gifts:

  • Mt Dandenong P.S.
  • Rotary Club of Port Melbourne
  • St Matthews Anglican Church
  • St Michaels and All Angels Anglican Church
  • St James and St Peter Anglican Church
  • Sweett Group
  • TAL
  • The Welsh Church


To young homeless people on the steps of Flinders St Station at night time. Follow up intensive support during the day time that includes relational support, advocacy and referral and material aid.


Through our publications, ‘Under the Bridge’ and the ‘Homelessness Resource Kit’ for Secondary students we aim to disseminate information and understanding about homelessness to the community

Staying connected project

Helping children who have experienced homelessness and family violence to stay connected to school.
Support to break the generational cycles of family violence and homelessness by helping the children stay connected to school, engage with peers and develop a talent or skill they can achieve successes in.


  • RE Ross Trust
  • City LLEN
  • Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation
Anne Mitchell
Anne MitchellManager
Mobile: 0425 770 048
Telephone: (03) 9470 2972
Fax: (03) 9478 7407
Email: anne.mitchell@concernaustralia.org.au