You’ve heard of ‘Camaraderie’, well it’s kind of like that.
The word comes from a Walt Whitman poem called “Song for the Open Road”. A Camerado is the person he hails to come with him on a journey because more important than money, more important than anything, is a Camerado.
Camerado is not a word traditional “services” would ever use. We’re about fun, friendship and doing things we enjoy. “Services” don’t do things like that very often, but people do.
Services put pressure on individuals to succeed, penalising failure. Failure is OK and part of how we learn. Understanding this creates resilience.
The most positive changes happen when people are asked to help others. It creates self-worth and belonging.
Stigma isolates. Confounding stigma empowers people and creates a wider cultural change.
Maybe right now, in the future or the past, we all have tough times and we are all the same. We are all Camerados.
Because after years of working with people experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, drug use, prison and life in a tough community we believe this stuff “works”. People with tough lives aren’t getting it and it’s gone on long enough.
If you believe “Friends and Purpose” is the answer for people having a tough life, then get in touch and maybe we can hatch a project together. We always need more Camerados. Everybody does.