Orange Sky is launching a new service that will provide free laundry services to people experiencing homelessness in the Northern and Western suburbs of Melbourne.

The service will also offer a platform for people to connect through genuine and non-judgemental conversation.

This is the fifth service to be launched in Victoria, with three laundry vans and one shower van operating around Melbourne, Geelong and the South East.

Orange Sky volunteers in Victoria have facilitated more than 27,000 hours of conversation with people doing it tough.

The new laundry service was funded by the Portland House Foundation.

Orange Sky co-founder, Lucas Patchett said he was excited to be adding an additional service to support the Melbourne community.

“We’ve been operating in Melbourne for three and a half years and we know that there’s a huge need for our service – not just laundry and showers, but the opportunity for people to sit down and connect,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to expanding our service with more shifts, additional locations and hopefully new friends.

“We believe that our most valuable contribution in the community will happen on our six orange chairs, where volunteers and friends on the street can sit down for a chat.”

There are more than 150 volunteers around Melbourne helping to positively connect friends on the street, but Lucas said Orange Sky was still looking for more people to get involved.

“We’re always looking for new volunteers – the only criteria is that you love to chat! Hop onto to our website and apply today.”

The launch event is being supported by Haven; Home, Safe with others service providers also attending to provide support friends on the street.

Haven; Home, Safe Chief Operations Officer Trudi Ray said mental health and loneliness were two of the major issues impacting people who are experiencing homelessness.

“Every Tuesday Orange Sky provides a place where people can connect and feel part of their community,” Ms Ray said.

“Washing and drying your clothes can restore a bit of normality to your life, but it’s the non- judgemental, everyday conversations that people have with Orange Sky volunteers that help to rebuild their self-esteem and sense of dignity.”

Join us for the Orange Sky North West Melbourne launch on Tuesday 12 February from 10am – 12pm. 

Where: Haven; Home, Safe, 52-56 Mary Street, Preston.