ACT & surrounds services

Our Programs & Services

The St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn offers programs and services that help people in need.

If you or someone you know if in need of assistance, please call our Helpline.

Call 13 18 12

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Food, Housing and Clothing Services

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Emergency Relief

Emergency Relief is carried out by our conference members (volunteers), assisting people within the ACT and southern and western regional areas of NSW.

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Blue Door Drop-in Centre

Blue Door is a drop-in centre that provides support such as free nutritious take-away meals, hygiene supplies, clothing and furniture vouchers, as well as life skills, information, advice, advocacy and referrals.

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Night Patrol

Night Patrol vehicles operate every night of the year, supported by community donations, corporate sponsors and over 300 volunteers.

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Samaritan House

Samaritan House is a 13-bed facility that provides crisis accommodation and support for men experiencing homelessness. Working to break the cycle of chronic and acute homelessness.

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Street to Home

Street to Home supports people in Canberra who are at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness with a strong focus on both physical and mental health.

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ThreadTogether Clothing Hub

The Vinnies ThreadTogether Clothing Hub provides new clothing to people who are doing it tough in the ACT and surrounds.

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Justice Housing Program

The Justice Housing Program provides an accommodation option for those who otherwise would be incarcerated in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) due to a lack of suitable community-based accommodation options.

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Vinnies Roadhouse

Providing access to a hot evening meal, material aid, support, and referral.

Mental Health Support

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Compeer Friendship Program

Compeer is an award-winning program that links adults living with a mental health challenge with friendship from a volunteer. The aim of the program is to reduce social isolation, explore possibility in social and emotional, while combatting the stigma attached to mental health.

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Community Inclusion Program

Community Inclusion Program aims to increase the independence, social and community inclusion of people with a psycho-social disability.

Family and Parents Support

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Family Services Program

The Family Services Program provides outreach support services to families in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) that are currently at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness.

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Young Parents Program

The Young Parents Program targets the needs of young parents aged up to 25 years of age who are at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness.

Youth Programs

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Migrant and Refugee Program

We support children from a migrant or refugee background to feel connected, safe, valued and empowered.

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St Nick's Young Carers Program

The St Nicholas’ Young Carers Program aims to provide a place of belonging for young people (aged 9-17 years) who have a caring role in their family, offering a place to connect with others who share relatable life experiences and engage with positive adult role models.

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St Joe's Youth Program

The St Joseph the Carpenter Youth Program offers respite and recreation for children (aged 6 - 12 years) whose childhood is impacted by circumstances beyond their control.

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VINES Youth Program

The VINES program offers a strong network of support for young people aged between 13 and 15 years.

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Mini Vinnies

Mini Vinnies empowers primary school students to become advocates within their school and local community by putting Vinnies Values into action. They meet regularly to learn about social justice issues, develop leadership skills and engage with the local community.

Education Programs

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Clemente Education Program

The Clemente Education Program supports people who have experienced setbacks in their education by providing free-of-charge classes, helping them re-engage with their community.

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Home Energy Efficiency Program

The Home Energy Efficiency Program supports over 700 lower-income households in the ACT a year with practical ways to reduce their energy bills and modifying homes to become more energy efficient.

Wodens Monaro Highway Civil Taster Program

Wodens, The Umbrella Collective, Vinnies, ACT Training Fund Authority and Worldview, are excited to deliver a unique workforce participation pre-employment model for Indigenous AMC individuals released from custody and their families.

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Women’s Return to Work Program

This program includes workshops and individual mentoring sessions to support women living on the NSW far South Coast, as well as the Goulburn and Young regions, to return to work.

Our Defibrillators

Vinnies Defibrillators

Every Vinnies shop, Night Patrol van and other Vinnies services across the ACT and surrounding region now has a life-saving AED (Automated External Defibrillator).

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