Urban Exposure


What is Urban Exposure?

Urban Exposure is our social justice education programme. It’s an opportunity for people to experience and explore the issues of urban poverty- homelessness, addiction, mental health and trauma. We have been serving the needs of homeless people in Darlinghurst and Kings Cross for almost 30 years. In that time we have grown in our understanding of the complex needs and issues of an area like Kings Cross.


There are three programs to choose from:

Urban Walks

Our urban walk programs are very popular with senior high school students and major corporations/small businesses looking for community service opportunities or team building activities. Our 1.5 hour walks are presented by current or former patrons of Rough Edges who have experienced issues of homelessness and addiction. Our presenters share their life stories as they walk/talk at various locations around Darlinghurst and Kings Cross.
Cost: $450 plus GST for a maximum of 20 people in a group. We can run three groups at a time.

Urban Talks

Our urban talks are for schools, local residents, community groups, businesses etc and can be held at St John’s Anglican Church or at any offsite location. Like our urban walks, the talks are presented by former or current patrons of Rough Edges who have experienced issues of homelessness and addiction.
Cost: $120 plus GST.

Introduction to Homelessness Presentation/Training:

We can come into your place of work, schools, community groups and churches to conduct tailor made education programs presented by our Community Services Team Leader.  

Customer quotes

“Very interesting”“confronting”, “challenging to preconceptions around homelessness”, “a different perspective”.

“ I think we all appreciated Graces’ candidness around her experiences and her willingness to share – I think this was the most powerful part of the walk for me personally and could have happily asked her many more questions.”

Note: While we will do our upmost to ensure a safe urban walk experience for everyone, teachers are responsible for the safety of the students under their care.

Urban Exposure Programs

What people are saying about our Urban Exposure Program?

"It was great to hear stories from Grace.  Real life stories really ground the ideas we learnt about and are very memorable."

"I found Andrew's story incredible! It was great and deeply moving." 

"Loved the walk! Tony was open, raw, honest. We saw some sights and experienced the Cross at its best/worst."

"Moving and fascinating. Really grateful to have such a personal experiences shared with us.  Surprised by history of hostility toward people experiencing homelessness."