Mission Australia has been helping people to regain their independence for over 155 years. The organisation sought to challenge the perception of what is an 'average homeless person' and bring wider attention to the overwhelming number of Australians who are forced to sleep in cars, shelters, boarding homes and other temporary solutions.
To help Mission Australia's cause, Two Social filmed a social experiment where a homeless 'couch surfer' attempted to sleep in the middle of a busy Sydney shopping centre. Over the course of 7 hours, Two Social captured the public's reaction to the young homeless teen and asked passers-by how they would describe the average homeless person.
The overwhelming response from the interviews was that the average homeless person was one who was older, dirtier, who lived on the streets and often struggled with addiction. The interviewees' perception of what a homeless person is only accounts for 6% of the homeless population in Australia. Two Social explained this to the interviewees' and revealed that 94% of Australia's homeless are in fact the 'Hidden Homeless' and can often be forced into situations similar to the couch surfer's. Captured on film, many of the public were shocked at just how unseen the homeless could be.
Posted across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram, the videos are poignant yet beautifully emotive, encouraging viewers to watch, share, donate and partake in the #NoticeUs movement to assist Mission Australia in continuing to help more Australian’s take back their independence.
2015 - Summit International Emerging Media Awards for Public Service/Non Profit Video
2015 - Summit International Emerging Media Awards for Social Media Campaign
2015 - W3 Awards: SILVER Award for NFP Branded Content
2015 - W3 Awards: SILVER Award for NFP Online Video
2015 - Davey Awards: GOLD Branded Social Campaign
2015 - Davey Awards: SILVER Use of Video
2015 - Davey Awards: SILVER Video Content
2015 - WOMMY Awards: Cause Award
2015 - BEfest Awards: Best Content Strategy
2015 - AC&E (ADMA) Awards: FINALIST Pinnacle Innovation Award
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