Improving the wellbeing of Sydney’s homeless with Wests Tigers and Exodus

Wests Tigers has teamed with local Ashfield charity, the Exodus Foundation, to deliver a wellbeing program for homeless Sydneysiders.

Over six weeks, Wests Tigers’ staff and players teamed up with 10 disadvantaged locals to teach them about exercise, teamwork and positive self-talk, to help tackle physical and mental health issues.

The program forms part of Tigers’ outreach and community program, which is proudly supported by Sydney Motorway Corporation.

Wests Tigers Fan Engagement and Community Manager, Shaun Spence, described the club’s role as providing a place where people can learn new skills in a safe and supportive team environment.

“Following the lunch service at the Exodus centre in Ashfield, participants will be transported to Concord Oval to take part in a range of rugby league fitness activities,” Shaun said. “At the end of each session, participants will discuss a healthy living topic, such as hydration and sleep and will be given a resource on that topic to take with them.”

Reverend Bill Crews, founder and CEO of the Exodus Foundation said, “It [the wellbeing program] is a huge benefit to the homeless who’d never be able to afford a gym membership, let alone their own personal trainer. I’m really grateful to Wests Tigers for their support”.

Following assessment of the program, Wests Tigers hope it can be used as a pilot for other clubs, areas and codes to deliver a similar program for those most in need.

Supporting initiatives that provide practical life skills and advice to Sydney’s homeless is just one way Sydney Motorway Corporation’s partnership with Wests Tigers is directly helping to connect communities and improve the quality of life of local people.

To learn more about the wellbeing program, watch the video, and find out more about Sydney Motorway Corporation’s Community Connection Program at sydneymotorway.com.au/community.