STYLE QUEEN: Vinnies volunteer Wiebke Herrmann models some of the Vinnies vintage clothes volunteers will wear in Coffs Harbour next week. Photo: ROB WRIGHT
STYLE QUEEN: Vinnies volunteer Wiebke Herrmann models some of the Vinnies vintage clothes volunteers will wear in Coffs Harbour next week. Photo: ROB WRIGHT

Time travelling on a shoestring

VINNIES is going vintage next week, with the favourite op-shop of many turning back the clock.

The dedicated volunteers of the Coffs Harbour store will wear custom-made attire, drawing on the many generous donations made to the charity.

"Some of our wonderful volunteers have been sewing vintage aprons to add to the ambience of the week," Vinnies store manager Helen Hull said.

"We work hard to give back to our community through donations kindly given by the people of Coffs Harbour.

"If you would like to join our team and have a few hours spare to help on Monday, please call in and see us."

The Sleepout

St Vincent de Paul Society will use the launch of the 2014 Vinnies CEO Sleepout to be held on Tuesday to call on government to address the growing housing affordability crisis, a leading cause of homelessness in Australia.

In NSW, there are 28,190 people experiencing homelessness every night.

The last census saw a 64% increase in the number of people living in severely crowded dwellings.

"Improving access to safe, secure, affordable and well-located housing means better outcomes in areas such as health, education, employment and community inclusion. If we want to assist people to move out of homelessness into community or independent housing, or prevent homelessness from happening to people in the first instance, addressing housing affordability is a crucial part of that process," St Vincent de Paul Society chief executive officer Michael Perusco said.

Leading executives from industries as diverse as media, music, hospitality, telecommunications and retail will join the launch and ask other CEOs to join them in sleeping rough for one night to address homelessness.