The story of Len’s determination to turn his own life around has proven inspirational as he reaches out to others in his local community, helping them to do the same.
Len’s fighting spirit burns bright. Having been homeless from a young age, it was the help of support services like Rosies – Friends on the Street that helped him through the tough times, bringing safety and stability to his life.
Len first came to Rosies when he was just 13 years old when he was living on the street because it was a safer option than the foster system. During this time, Rosies was the only thing that gave him social interaction and stability in his life – two things he says he never had, homeless or not.
He is now paying that experience forward. Starting out as a patron volunteering with Rosies in 2017, Len became a Team Leader, and is now a Branch Coordinator. Known as incredibly caring, Len can truly relate with those who seek help at Rosies, and his nominator says he’s always on hand with a big smile, a cuppa and a chat.
Len works with many other services to connect with at-risk youth and encourage them to seek comfort and solace at Rosies. He’s also active in his local community, speaking to different organisations to put the spotlight on what those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness are going through.
He not only makes a difference in others’ lives through volunteering, but also uses his big heart in his job as a disability support worker at Skylark House. Through all the challenges he’s faced himself, Len knows how to connect with others, and reach out to provide support and comfort, and is also a dedicated single dad.
Len is a true inspiration to all those who have the pleasure of meeting or working with him, and despite all he’s been through, has chosen the path of helping others. His community spirit lives large, making him a standout for this award. Well done, Len.
Len McCandless video transcript