What is the Matthew Talbot Hostel?

The Matthew Talbot Hostel provides accommodation and specialised support to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The service aims to provide immediate support and accommodation for people at the time of crisis as well as facilitate access to other essential services and more permanent housing. These services range from provision of nutritional meals, clothing, showers and basic medical to intensive case management, legal and housing support, specialised health care, advocacy and  providing a safe, welcoming environment for people who are sleeping rough and have experienced trauma. The hostel employs a multi-disciplinary team, allowing for a coordinated and client centred approach to care and support.

Who can access the service?

The Hostel caters for men over the age of 21, who are in need of temporary accommodation and/or other support. In addition to the 98 beds, other services offered through the facility are accessed by more than 35,000 men each year. These include a primary health care medical clinic, chapel, pastoral care, counselling and basic facilities. The adjoining Ozanam Learning Centre has a range of programs and resources accessible for men and women aged over 18 during the day.

The Hostel has partnerships with many service providers and other agencies to help ensure that people can be linked into the right service, at the right time. People may decide to access the support of the Hostel after leaving an institution, such as a correctional facility or a hospital or at the time of crisis, such as after family breakdown, or after living on the street for many years. Our team works together with men to explore options and help find sustainable outcomes. These strategies include tackling daily living matters, building resilience, developing home-based programs and engaging counselling plus other support services as needed. 

Demand for beds at the Hostel is high. On average 45 people sleep outside in the vicinity of the hostel and are encouraged by hostel caseworkers in collaboration with the City of Sydney outreach service to engage in casework plans and accommodation offers.

The hostel’s clinic provides a range of health services to around 100 men each day. These services include medical, psychiatric, optometry, and podiatry care. After discharge from hospital or release from prison, clients referred to the hostel for accommodation are reviewed by the clinic staff to ensure continuity of care and follow up services are provided. The kitchen at the hostel serves around 620 hot meals each day.

Where is the Matthew Talbot Hostel located?

The Hostel is located at 22 Talbot Place, Woolloomooloo, which is an inner city suburb of Sydney.  However, outreach support is also provided across the inner city, inner west, Canterbury, and at times the North Shore area. The hostel is open 24 hours.

Who benefits from this service?

Many in the community benefit from the different aspects of the service. The hostel aims to prevent homelessness and help transition people out of temporary accommodation and to reconnect with the community, through developing relationships and linking in relevant services and support where needed. 

Can I volunteer for this service?

Yes! There are three main steps in the process to volunteering. These are:

  1. Telephone enquiry -Contact the Volunteer Manager on email: martyn@talbot.org.au or on (02) 9358 8142. It is best if you can refer your interest to one of the position descriptions
  2. In-person interview- If you both feel it is appropriate, the Volunteer Manager will then organise an onsite interview (from Monday to Friday between 9am to 4pm) to discuss possibilities.
  3. Training - A compulsory three hour training course is also undergone one week-day evening to cover key aspects of the work, and Work Health & Safety issues relevant to Matthew Talbot Homeless Services.

Usually our volunteers are placed on a once a week shift, and we ask that they make at least a six month commitment (we hope you can stay longer).  Volunteer applications include a good character declaration, relevant checks for working with vulnerable people and in the case of volunteering with children the relevant working with children checks also apply.  Some opportunities are needs specific and details vary.

How can I find out more about the Matthew Talbot Hostel?

For more information, please contact the Hostel reception (02) 9358 8102.