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Direct Assistance ACT

For Direct Assistance in the ACT, please contact:
Phone: (02) 6282 2722

For Direct Assistance in the ACT, please contact:
Phone: (02) 6282 2722

Direct Assistance

Direct Assistance ACT, Direct Assistance, The good works of the Society include direct assistance. Direct asssistance is carried out by volunteer members of the St Vincent de Paul Society. Our members belong to Conferences, which are typically parish-based groups who respond to calls for assistance from people in need in their local community. Conference members visit people in their homes, in hospitals and in prisons. In some country centres Conference members interview people needing assistance in the local Vinnies Centres. We try to find the most appropriate response to the needs of individuals and families. This may involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs. For Direct Assistance, please contact: Phone: (02) 6282 2722 Vinnies also has program that we call Special Works. Special Works programs that provide direct assistance and education support include: Energy Efficiency Program Clemente Program , Canberra; Cootamundra; Yass; Lake Cargelligo; Temora; Tumut; West Wylong; Batemans Bay; Bega; Merimbula; Moruya; Narooma; Cooma; Crookwell; Goulburn; Braidwood; Taralga; Boorowa; Harden; Young; advocacy; food; food vouchers; Clothing; Furniture; Budget Su

Disaster recovery

Vinnies National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response of the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere.

Vinnies National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response of the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere.

Disaster Recovery Assistance

Disaster recovery, Disaster Recovery Assistance, National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response of the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere. Where a disaster occurs within  Australia, the local State, Diocesan, Central or Regional Council provides as much assistance as possible, as soon as possible, from its own resources.  The national role is to harness the resources of the other states and territories. Where a disaster occurs in other countries, the Australian response is handled through National Council, who liaise with the National Council of the country affected.  If the Society does not have a National Council in the affected country, liaison may be appropriate with another body, for example the local Bishops’ Conference or International Council General. For information about local disaster recovery services, simply click on the link below: Disaster Response and Recovery in the ACT , flood, storm, bushfire, Canberra

Domestic & family violence

Vinnies provides crisis accommodation, can help in a range of areas, including case management, Centrelink assistance, housing, immigration issues, education and recreational activities, health, and counselling and art therapy.

Vinnies provides crisis accommodation, can help in a range of areas, including case management, Centrelink assistance, housing, immigration issues, education and recreational activities, health, and counselling and art therapy.

Domestic and Family Violence

Domestic & family violence, Domestic and Family Violence, Relationship violence has a massive impact on its victims and on society in general. More than one in three Australian women experience relationship violence in their lifetime, while about a quarter of children witness it. The impact is estimated to have a $13.6 billion annual cost. The financial, physical and mental costs for women and psychological, emotional and behavioural effects on children are incalculable. The St Vincent de Paul Society provides assistance for victims of relationship violence within a framework that is always supportive of the choices women make, whether they decide to stay in the relationship or not. We aim to provide long-term support and friendship at what can be an extremely vulnerable time for women and children, helping them build new lives and move away from relationship violence if they choose to leave a violent relationship. In such cases, we can also provide short and long term accommodation to families and children experiencing or at risk of relationship violence. Depending on your state or territory, you can access resource centres that, as well as providing crisis accommodation, can help in a range of areas, including case management, Centrelink assistance, housing, immigration issues, education and recreational activities, health, and counselling and art therapy. Learn more about our support services in the Canberra/Goulburn area by clicking on the links below: Young Parents Program Family Services , Women's Shelter; Young Parents; Family; case management; Centrelink Assistance; Housing; immigration assistance; Recreational activities

Emergency housing & homelessness support

Vinnies has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Vinnies has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Accommodation options

Emergency housing & homelessness support, Accommodation options, Too many Australians are currently experiencing or at risk of homelessness. These people are often experiencing a range of disadvantages, including substance misuse, mental illness, disability, family violence, discrimination and social isolation. The St Vincent de Paul Society has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness. All our services provide case-management and advocacy for each client. Learn more about Vinnies housing support in your area: Samaritan House Street to Home     , disadvantages; including substance misuse; mental illness; disability; family violence; discrimination and social isolation; Homelessness;

Food

Vinnies provides all kinds of nourishment. We provide food and friendship to people in their homes. We also operate soup vans in the majority of states and territories in Australia (excluding Queensland and Western Australia). We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers.

Vinnies provides all kinds of nourishment. We provide food and friendship to people in their homes. We also operate soup vans in the majority of states and territories in Australia (excluding Queensland and Western Australia). We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers.

Accessing Food

Food, Accessing Food, Every day and night, in every capital city and many regional centres, Vinnies is nourishing the hungriest and neediest in our community. We provide all kinds of nourishment, from hot meals, drinks and snacks to companionship and community. Our volunteers help break through the barriers of loneliness and isolation that many living on the fringe of society suffer. We can provide a meal, blankets, toiletries, snacks, hot beverages and most importantly, companionship. As a result Vinnies has helped foster genuine communities of friends from all walks of life. St Vincent de Paul Canberra/Goulburn Conferences can provide support with accessing food. Conferences are typically parish-based groups who respond to calls for assistance from people in need in their local community. Conference members visit people in their homes, in hospitals and in prisons. In some country centres Conference members interview people needing assistance in the local Vinnies Centres. We try to find the most appropriate response to the needs of individuals and families. To make contact with a local Conference member, please call: Phone: (02) 6282 2722 For more information on our other food services, or to learn how to support the service or get involved, click on the relevant links below. Blue Door Night Patrol , Canberra; Cootamundra; Yass; Lake Cargelligo; Temora; Tumut; West Wylong; Batemans Bay; Bega; Merimbula; Moruya; Narooma; Cooma; Crookwell; Goulburn; Braidwood; Taralga; Boorowa; Harden; Young; advocacy; food; food voucher

General support

As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our Special Works. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.

As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our Special Works. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.

Shops & Depots

General support, Shops & Depots, What is the Mitchell Distribution Centre? The Mitchell Distribution Centre is located on Buckland St., Mitchell ACT and is the main distribution point for material donations including clothing, books, collectables, manchester, bric-a-brac and furniture. Donations are used for emergency support to people in need or sold for a wide range of uses including through the Vinnies Shops (furniture not available in all shops). Furniture can be purchased from the Retail Centre attached to Mitchell Distribution centre. How can I support the Distribution Centre? Opportunities to support the Distribution Centre include: Donating your pre-loved furniture items by arranging a free collection - call (02) 6234 7310 or drop them off at the Depot in Mitchell. Clothing and bric-a-brac can be taken to your local Vinnies Shop or donation bin. Please visit the find your local Vinnies search for the contact details and opening hours of your local Vinnies. To become a volunteer, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator by phone on (02) 6234 7348 or email volunteer@svdp-cg.org.au. What can I donate to the Distribution Centre? Good quality furniture - unsoiled, undamaged Good quality clothing – unsoiled and untorn Bric-a-brac - in good condition Books - in good condition What can’t I donate to the Distribution Centre? Electrical items Mattresses - due to health and safety regulations Children’s prams, highchairs, car seats, cots, etc. Bikes and safety equipment Bunk beds, trundle beds and sofa beds Broken or damaged items The Society has a major problem with rubbish dumping. All items that we are unable to use have to be transported to the local tip and disposed of at considerable expense. How can I find out more? For further information, please contact the Mitchell Distribution Centre by phone on (02) 6234 7310 or email mitchell@svdp-cg.org.au. , Shops ; Centres ; Retail ; Clothing Donations ; Donations ; ACT ; furniture; collections ; Canberra

Health & wellbeing

Anytime you hit a roadblock, Vinnies is here to help. We can be a source of support for general well-being no matter where you are at in your life, no matter what challenges you are facing.

Anytime you hit a roadblock, Vinnies is here to help. We can be a source of support for general well-being no matter where you are at in your life, no matter what challenges you are facing.

Education programs

Health & wellbeing, Education programs , Anytime you hit a roadblock, Vinnies is here to help. We can be a source of support for general well-being no matter where you are at in your life, no matter what challenges you are facing. St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn provides a range of education sevices which include: Clemente Program Homeground Energy Efficiency Program , Learning; Canberra; Australian Catholic University; Gardening; Engergy Efficiency Program; Budget

Family Support

Health & wellbeing, Family Support, The St Vincent de Paul Society has support services that are tailored to meet the specific needs of individuals and families and the communities in which they live. Many of these services fill the gaps in people’s lives in various ways whether it is through the provision of food, funds, companionships or counselling. They help ease the pressures within families and communities. We also operate a range of accommodation and support initiatives for people who experience homelessness; providing help with issues such as general health concerns, drug and alcohol abuse, employment education and training options, and social exclusion and isolation. Click on the links for more information about services in the Canberra/Goulburn region: Family services Samaritan services Young Parents Program , Homelessness; health concerns; drug and alcohol; employment education; training options; social exclusion; isolation

Friendship programs

Health & wellbeing, Friendship programs, What is the Compeer Friendship Program? Compeer is an internationally affiliated program for people living with a mental illness. Based on the principle of the Power of Friendship, Compeer matches volunteers in one to one friendship with people who have become socially isolated due to mental illness. As in any friendship, volunteers and their friends spend time together enjoying activities such as chatting over a cup of coffee, going to the movies or enjoying activities of mutual interest. The friendship is supported by Compeer staff and the health professional applying to the program. Since its inception in the USA in 1973, Compeer has become internationally recognised as a valuable adjunct to traditional medical and rehabilitation treatment. Compeer has been operating in Australia under the auspices of the St Vincent de Paul Society since 1995. Our mission: to improve the quality of life and self-esteem of adults with a diagnosed mental illness through one-to-one friendship with a caring volunteer. Compeer promotes social inclusion and the reduction of stigma through friendship which is built around mutual trust, respect and understanding. More about Compeer Become a Volunteer Become a Friend Information for Health Professionals Contact the Compeer Coordinator in your state or territory In Australia, Compeer has a presence in  ACT    NSW    QLD    VIC     , Frienship; Volunteering; Friendship; Compeer; mental illness; social inclusion; volunteers

Youth services

Health & wellbeing, Youth services, Children’s activities run by the St Vincent de Paul Society include Kids’ Camps, Buddies Days and much more. Often these activities are held over the school holiday period. Typically young adults who are members of the Society kindly volunteer their time and efforts to host activities designed to assist children and families who might need a fun outlet or escape from the hardships they may be experiencing. Our volunteers participate in the activities alongside with the kids and ensure that these events are both safe and lots of fun. The St Nick’s and St Joe’s provide respite and recreation for children that maybe experiencing financial or social disadvantage, both programs recreational activities that they may not otherwise have access to. The St Nick’s program works specifically with Young Carers. Our volunteers are provided with training and support. For more information, contact St Vincent De Paul Canberra/Goulburn.  St Joe's St Nick's   , Youth; respite; recreation; Kid's camps; Buddies Days

Addiction

People experiencing or at risk of homelessness often suffer from multiple types of disadvantage, including addiction. Addiction refers to a range of behaviours, from substance misuse to gambling. Vinnies offers a range of services designed to assist people vulnerable to various kinds of addictions.

People experiencing or at risk of homelessness often suffer from multiple types of disadvantage, including addiction. Addiction refers to a range of behaviours, from substance misuse to gambling. Vinnies offers a range of services designed to assist people vulnerable to various kinds of addictions.

Gambling

Addiction, Gambling, Vinnies provides a suite of support services for people seeking relief from gambling addiction. Some services offer individuals face-to-face counselling, referrals and support to family members. The services are free of charge for people with gambling problems and their families. Counselling can aid you to either cut back or stop gambling altogether. We address issues that helped contribute to gambling becoming an issue. The three main benefits provided by the service are: A range of appropriate treatment approaches to help gamblers cut back or stop gambling are provided. Support for individuals in addressing the problems associated with gambling is provided. Evaluating the extent to which individuals are helped by the counselling they receive. Services available in NSW include: Gambling Help, Windsor and Baulkham Hills Contact us for more information about gambling services in your area. , gambling, addiction, New South Wales

Substance misuse

Addiction, Substance misuse, Vinnies offers a range of services designed to assist people vulnerable to various kinds of addictions. These include counselling as well as access to professional service providers and long term programs. People suffering from substance misuse can access a range of services including those designed to assist with a dual-diagnosis (a mental health issue co-occurring with addiction). Vinnies operates from the perspective that wholistic treatment works best and often the first priority in recovering from addiction is to remove the substance from the person. From here clients can then start exploring, identifying and facing up to any underlying issues that have either caused and/or contributed to their addiction. Services in NSW include: Freeman House, Armidale Contact us for more information about addiction services in your area. , substance abuse, addiction, drugs, New South Wales

Disability services

The Society has a number of programs to provide opportunities for people living with a disability to integrate and socialise with the broader community, breaking down barriers between the two.

The Society has a number of programs to provide opportunities for people living with a disability to integrate and socialise with the broader community, breaking down barriers between the two.

Disability employment

Disability services, Disability employment, The St Vincent de Paul Society in NSW offers employment options for people living with a disability. Employment creates a sense of self-worth and wellbeing. It provides opportunities for people living with a disability to integrate and socialise with the broader community, breaking down barriers between the two. Below you will find more information on disability employment schemes operating in NSW. Ozanam Industries, West Ryde and Stanmore Castlereagh Industries, Coonamble ,

Disability services

Disability services, Disability services, The St Vincent de Paul Society in NSW offers services and programs for people living with a disability, these services are designed to minimise isolation and marginalisation and increase participation, community access and provide meaningful opportunities to develop skills and participate in recreational and educational activities. We have commenced recruiting large numbers of staff to work in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) transition program for people living with disability in NSW.  Local Area Coordination for the NDIS Rollout Below you will find more information on disability services and programs operating in NSW. Ability Links, Sydney, Hunter and Southern Regions Como Social & Leisure Centre (CSLC), Sutherland Shire EarlyStart-Diagnosis Support Program, Central Coast, Newcastle, Hunter Regions Mary MacKillop Outreach (MMO), Inner West Sydney Margaret House, St George Region and Sutherland Shire , disability services; disability; disability program; disability programs nsw; ndis; national disability scheme

Disaster recovery

Vinnies National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response of the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere.

Vinnies National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response of the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere.

Gain disaster recovery assistance

Disaster recovery, Gain disaster recovery assistance, National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response of the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere. Where a disaster occurs within  Australia, the local State, Diocesan, Central or Regional Council provides as much assistance as possible, as soon as possible, from its own resources.  The national role is to harness the resources of the other States and Territories. Where a disaster occurs in other countries, the Australian response is handled through National Council, who liaise with the National Council of the country affected.  If the Society does not have a National Council in the affected country, liaison may be appropriate with another body, for example the local Bishops’ Conference or International Council General. ,

Domestic & family violence

Vinnies provides crisis accommodation, can help in a range of areas, including case management, Centrelink assistance, housing, immigration issues, education and recreational activities, health, and counselling and art therapy.

Vinnies provides crisis accommodation, can help in a range of areas, including case management, Centrelink assistance, housing, immigration issues, education and recreational activities, health, and counselling and art therapy.

Domestic and family violence issues

Domestic & family violence, Domestic and family violence issues , Relationship violence has a massive impact on its victims and on society in general. More than one in three Australian women experience relationship violence in their lifetime, while about a quarter of children witness it. The impact is estimated to have a $13.6 billion annual cost. The financial, physical and mental costs for women and psychological, emotional and behavioural effects on children are incalculable. The St Vincent de Paul Society provides assistance for victims of relationship violence within a framework that is always supportive of the choices women make, whether they decide to stay in the relationship or not. We aim to provide long-term support and friendship at what can be an extremely vulnerable time for women and children, helping them build new lives and move away from relationship violence if they choose to leave a violent relationship. In such cases, we can also provide short and long term accommodation to families and children experiencing or at risk of relationship violence. Depending on your state or territory, you can access resource centres that, as well as providing crisis accommodation, can help in a range of areas, including case management, Centrelink assistance, housing, immigration issues, education and recreational activities, health, and counselling and art therapy. Learn more about our relationship violence support services in NSW by clicking on the links below: Amelie House   Claffy Lodge   Dolores Refuge   Elsie Women’s Refuge   Killara Refuge  Marian Centre   Marian Villa   Pathways, Southern Highlands Rosalie House Vinnies Homeless Services Deniliquin , Women's Shelter; Young Parents; Family; case management; Centrelink Assistance; Housing; immigration assistance; Recreational activities

Emergency housing & homelessness support

Vinnies has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Vinnies has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Accommodation options

Emergency housing & homelessness support, Accommodation options, Too many Australians are currently experiencing or at risk of homelessness. These people are often experiencing a range of disadvantages, including substance misuse, mental illness, disability, family violence, discrimination and social isolation. The St Vincent de Paul Society has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women and families to become homeless or at risk of homelessness. All our services provide case-management and advocacy for each person that we assist. Learn more about Vinnies homeless services in NSW by clicking on the links below: Bowral Youth Refuge Cardinal Freeman Centre, Granville Eastern Suburbs Community Support Services (Specialist Homelessness Service)  Edel Quinn, Wagga Wagga Fred's Place, Tweed Heads Frederic House, Waterloo Freeman House, Armidale Hastings Accommodation Solutions (HAS) - Port Macquarie Illawarra Homeless Coordination Services Inner West Community Support Services (Specialist Homelessness Service)  Jacinta Villa, Bexley Jim Da Silva Farm, Nowra John Purcell House, Nowra Liverpool Men’s Centre  Macarthur Ozanam Centre Matthew Talbot Hostel, Woolloomooloo Matthew Talbot Homeless Service, Newcastle Mount St Vincent Village, Burraneer Our Lady of the Way Quamby House, Albury Pathways (women and children escaping domestic violence) Rosalie Rendu Houses (Outreach Support), Lismore Southern Highlands Homelessness Services South West Sydney Community Support Services (Specialist Homelessness Service)  St George Sutherland Community Support Services (Specialist Homelessness Service)  St Judes - South West Sydney Vincentian House, Surry Hills , disadvantage; including substance misuse; mental illness; disability; family violence; discrimination and social isolation; Homelessness;

Finances

Vinnies provides a range of financial support services on a one-on-one basis for people seeking assistance

Vinnies provides a range of financial support services on a one-on-one basis for people seeking assistance

Managing my finances

Finances, Managing my finances, Critical life incidents and events such as unemployment, displacement, or chronic illness may often lead to individuals or families facing crisis. The St Vincent de Paul Society provides assistance to people in need in any way they can. In many cases, our help can be as simple as helping to pay off an urgent, debilitating bill, or a food voucher to help a family make it through to their next pay. In every state and territory, the Society helps people through difficult times with the goal of eventually taking back control of their finances. We provide a range of financial support services on a one-on-one basis for people seeking assistance. As well as providing vouchers for food and goods, we can help people pay for utility bills and unexpected expenses, and, in some states, we provide access to special loans schemes as well as financial literacy programs for individuals and families to help them formulate realistic budgets and stick to them. Learn more about our financial support services: Caroline Chisholm Centre - Western Sydney Broken Bay Financial Counselling Service, Brookvale Metro South West Brokerage, Campbelltown , finances; bills; Broken Bay Financial; Metro South West Brokerage

Food

Vinnies provides all kinds of nourishment. We provide food and friendship to people in their homes. We also operate soup vans in the majority of states and territories in Australia (excluding Queensland and Western Australia). We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers.

Vinnies provides all kinds of nourishment. We provide food and friendship to people in their homes. We also operate soup vans in the majority of states and territories in Australia (excluding Queensland and Western Australia). We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers.

Accessing food and soup vans

Food, Accessing food and soup vans, Every day and night, in every capital city and many regional centres, Vinnies is nourishing the hungriest and neediest in our community. We provide all kinds of nourishment, from hot meals, drinks and snacks to companionship and community. Our volunteers help break through the barriers of loneliness and isolation that many living on the fringe of society suffer. We can provide a meal, blankets, toiletries, snacks, hot beverages and most importantly, companionship. As a result Vinnies has helped foster genuine communities of friends from all walks of life. Vinnies soup vans operate where the need is greatest in capital cities and regional centres. We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers. For more information on our food services, or to learn how to support the service or get involved, click on the relevant link below. Night Patrol - Sydney Night Patrol - Liverpool Night Patrol - Penrith & Parramatta Brekky Van - Surry Hills Breakfast Club - Maitland Bishop Fox Memorial Centre - Broken Hill Loaves and Fishes - Western Sydney , Vinnies, night patrol, food, homeless, need food,

General support

As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our Special Works. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.

As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our Special Works. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.

General support and advice

General support, General support and advice, As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our special work. Our special work includes home visitations, carried out by members of the St Vincent de Paul Society on a voluntary basis. Our members belong to conferences, which are typically parish-based groups of people who respond to calls for assistance from people in need in their local community. Conference members visit people in their homes, in hospitals and in prisons. We try to find the most appropriate response to the needs of that person or their family. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs. Learn more about home visitations in your area: Amelie House Holiday Flats, Woolgoolga Caroline Chisholm Centre - Western Sydney Community Support Centres - Various locations across Sydney Family Assistance Hotline, Parramatta and Blue Mountains Region Illawarra High School Support Program Loaves and Fishes - Western Sydney Mary MacKillop Lodge, North Haven Referral Centre, Newcastle Rosalie's Garden, Woy Woy Tom McGee Holiday Flats, South Coast Vinnies Lodge ,

Health & wellbeing

Anytime you hit a roadblock, Vinnies is here to help. We can be a source of support for general well-being no matter where you are at in your life, no matter what challenges you are facing.

Anytime you hit a roadblock, Vinnies is here to help. We can be a source of support for general well-being no matter where you are at in your life, no matter what challenges you are facing.

Children's activities

Health & wellbeing, Children's activities, Children’s activities run by the St Vincent de Paul Society include Kids’ Camps, Buddies Days and much more. Often these activities are held over the school holiday period.  Typically young adults who are members of the Society kindly volunteer their time and efforts to host activities designed to assist children and families who might need a fun outlet or escape from the hardships they may be experiencing. Our volunteers participate in the activities alongside with the kids and ensure that these events are both safe and lots of fun. Our volunteers are provided with training and support. For more information, simply contact Vinnies in your state or territory. , disadvantanges; family violence; youth

Family and community activities

Health & wellbeing, Family and community activities, The St Vincent de Paul Society has support services that are tailored to meet the specific needs of individuals and families and the communities in which they live. Many of these services fill the gaps in people’s lives in various ways whether it is through the provision of food, funds, companionships or counselling. They help ease the pressures within families and communities. We also operate a range of accommodation and support initiatives for people who experience homelessness; providing help with issues such as general health concerns, drug and alcohol abuse, employment education and training options, and social exclusion and isolation. Services offered by the Society in NSW include: Cleveland Centre, Redfern Como Social & Leisure Centre (CSLC) EarlyStart-Diagnosis Support Program, Central Coast, Newcastle, Hunter regions Margaret Druitt Day Centre, Western Sydney Mary MacKillop Outreach (MMO), Inner West Sydney Mingaletta Family Centre, Macarthur Mental Health Community Development Project, Central Coast Nagle Centre Family Care and Support, Campbelltown Ozanam Learning Centre, Woolloomooloo Vincentian Social Action Centre, Wollongong Vincentian Social Action Centre -Claymore Community Laundromat and Coffee Shop Vincentian Social Action Centre - Rosalie Rendu Volunteer Home Visitation, Macquarie Fields Vincentian Social Action Centre- Social Action Recreation Program, Wollongong ,

Friendship programs

Health & wellbeing, Friendship programs, What is the Compeer Friendship Program? Compeer is an internationally affiliated program for people living with a mental illness. Based on the principle of the Power of Friendship, Compeer matches volunteers in one to one friendship with people who have become socially isolated due to mental illness. As in any friendship, volunteers and their friends spend time together enjoying activities such as chatting over a cup of coffee, going to the movies or enjoying activities of mutual interest. The friendship is supported by Compeer staff and the health professional applying to the program. Since its inception in the USA in 1973, Compeer has become internationally recognised as a valuable adjunct to traditional medical and rehabilitation treatment. Compeer has been operating in Australia under the auspices of the St Vincent de Paul Society since 1995. Our mission: to improve the quality of life and self-esteem of adults with a diagnosed mental illness through one-to-one friendship with a caring volunteer. Compeer promotes social inclusion and the reduction of stigma through friendship which is built around mutual trust, respect and understanding.   Become a Volunteer Use this Service (be matched with a volunteer friend) Information for Health Professionals Contact Compeer in your area , social programs; social inclusion; friendship

Youth Services

Health & wellbeing, Youth Services, The St Vincent de Paul Society takes a holistic approach to youth issues, providing a range of programs tailored to the varied needs of young people. These programs provide care and support services to young people and a range of social, educational and recreational opportunities to marginalised young people and their families. Youth Reach, Brookvale , youth reach, midnight basketball, teenagers, teen activities

Resettling in Australia

The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia.

The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia.

Resettlement services

Resettling in Australia , Resettlement services, As part of our commitment to assisting the most vulnerable in our society, the St Vincent de Paul Society provides support services to newly-arrived children and families of refugee backgrounds. The St Vincent de Paul Society has a long history of helping migrants and refugees. Catholic social teaching places a special onus on the St Vincent de Paul Society to help those who seek asylum, having fled war, persecution, injustice or intolerance. As a signatory to the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol relating to the status of refugees, Australia is obligated to welcome and offer on-going friendship to all asylum seekers. The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia. Settled services in NSW include: Humanitarian Settlement Services, Wagga Wagga Migrant and Refugee Conference, Maitland/ Newcastle North Coast Settlement Services, Coffs Harbour and Lismore Refugee Support Service SPARK , asylum seekers; immigration; refugees; migrants; SPARK

Addiction

People experiencing or at risk of homelessness often suffer from multiple types of disadvantage, including addiction. Addiction refers to a range of behaviours, from substance misuse to gambling. Vinnies offers a range of services designed to assist people vulnerable to various kinds of addictions.

People experiencing or at risk of homelessness often suffer from multiple types of disadvantage, including addiction. Addiction refers to a range of behaviours, from substance misuse to gambling. Vinnies offers a range of services designed to assist people vulnerable to various kinds of addictions.

Gambling

Addiction, Gambling, Vinnies provides a suite of support services for people seeking relief from gambling addiction. Some services offer individuals face-to-face counselling, referrals and support to family members. The services are free of charge for people with gambling problems and their families. Counselling can aid you to either cut back or stop gambling altogether. We address issues that helped contribute to gambling becoming an issue. The three main benefits provided by the service are: A range of appropriate treatment approaches to help gamblers cut back or stop gambling are provided. Support for individuals in addressing the problems associated with gambling is provided. Evaluating the extent to which individuals are helped by the counselling they receive. Contact us for more information about gambling services in your area. , gambling, addiction, Northern Territory

Substance misuse

Addiction, Substance misuse, Vinnies offers a range of services designed to assist people vulnerable to various kinds of addictions. These services include counselling as well as access to professional service providers and long term programs. People suffering from substance misuse can access a range of services including those designed to assist with a dual-diagnosis (a mental health issue co-occurring with addiction). Vinnies operates from the perspective that wholistic treatment works best and often the first priority in recovering from addiction is to remove the substance from the person. From here clients can then start exploring, identifying and facing up to any underlying issues that have either caused and/or contributed to their addiction. Contact us for more information about addiction services in your area.   , substance abuse, addiction, drugs, Northern Territory

Disaster recovery

Vinnies National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response of the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere.

Vinnies National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response of the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere.

Gain disaster recovery assistance

Disaster recovery, Gain disaster recovery assistance, National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response of the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere. Where a disaster occurs within  Australia, the local State, Diocesan, Central or Regional Council provides as much assistance as possible, as soon as possible, from its own resources.  The national role is to harness the resources of the other States and Territories. Where a disaster occurs in other countries, the Australian response is handled through National Council, who liaise with the National Council of the country affected.  If the Society does not have a National Council in the affected country, liaison may be appropriate with another body, for example the local Bishops’ Conference or International Council General. ,

Emergency housing & homelessness support

Vinnies has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Vinnies has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Accommodation options

Emergency housing & homelessness support, Accommodation options, Too many Australians are currently experiencing or at risk of homelessness. These people are often experiencing a range of disadvantages, including substance misuse, mental illness, disability, family violence, discrimination and social isolation. The St Vincent de Paul Society has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness. All our services provide case-management and advocacy for each client. Learn more about Vinnies housing support in your area: Bakhita Centre  Ozanam House Ted Collins Village Ormonde House , disadvantages; including substance misuse; mental illness; disability; family violence; discrimination and social isolation; Homelessness;

Food

Vinnies provides all kinds of nourishment. We provide food and friendship to people in their homes. We also operate soup vans in the majority of states and territories in Australia (excluding Queensland and Western Australia). We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers.

Vinnies provides all kinds of nourishment. We provide food and friendship to people in their homes. We also operate soup vans in the majority of states and territories in Australia (excluding Queensland and Western Australia). We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers.

Accessing food and soup vans

Food, Accessing food and soup vans, Every day and night, in every capital city and many regional centres, Vinnies is nourishing the hungriest and neediest in our community. We provide all kinds of nourishment, from hot meals, drinks and snacks to companionship and community. Our volunteers help break through the barriers of loneliness and isolation that many living on the fringe of society suffer. We can provide a meal, blankets, toiletries, snacks, hot beverages and most importantly, companionship. As a result Vinnies has helped foster genuine communities of friends from all walks of life. Vinnies soup vans operate where the need is greatest in capital cities and regional centres. We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers. For more information on our food services, or to learn how to support the service or get involved, click on the relevant link below: Soup Vans in Darwin. Ozanam House ,

General support

As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our Special Works. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.

As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our Special Works. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.

Educational cooking program

General support, Educational cooking program, The Knockabout Chefs is not your every day job training or apprenticeship program. It aims to help homeless people, or those at risk, by teaching them real skills to secure and maintain a normal lifestyle through support, mentoring and a real job. Previous participants have included local people who have survived homelessness and who before joining the Kockabout Chefs program had expressed a wish to gain the skills to get a job and in doing so they have pulled themselves out of a cycle of drugs, alcohol, crime and violence. To find out more click here.   ,

General support and advice

General support, General support and advice, As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our special work. Our special work includes home visitations, carried out by members of the St Vincent de Paul Society on a voluntary basis. Our members belong to conferences, which are typically parish-based groups of people who respond to calls for assistance from people in need in their local community. Conference members visit people in their homes, in hospitals and in prisons. We try to find the most appropriate response to the needs of that person or their family. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs. Anyone can access this service providing they have expressed a need for our assistance. We’re aware of the immense privilege it is to be invited into someone’s home, and we’ll only visit someone in their home if we’ve been invited. We’re one of only a few Australian charities to carry out such visits in homes, hospitals and prisons across the country. The visits are informal and our members are very sensitive to people’s needs. Home visitation is a way by which people can be supported and encouraged to take control of their lives. It allows members the privileged opportunity to enter another’s home and life, to accompany them as they move forward. Learn more about home visitations in your area, including how to get involved. ,

Health & wellbeing

Anytime you hit a roadblock, Vinnies is here to help. We can be a source of support for general well-being no matter where you are at in your life, no matter what challenges you are facing.

Anytime you hit a roadblock, Vinnies is here to help. We can be a source of support for general well-being no matter where you are at in your life, no matter what challenges you are facing.

Children's activities

Health & wellbeing, Children's activities, Children’s activities run by the St Vincent de Paul Society include Kids’ Camps, Buddies Days and much more. Often these activities are held over the school holiday period.  Typically young adults who are members of the Society kindly volunteer their time and efforts to host activities designed to assist children and families who might need a fun outlet or escape from the hardships they may be experiencing. Our volunteers participate in the activities alongside with the kids and ensure that these events are both safe and lots of fun. Our volunteers are provided with training and support. For more information, simply contact Vinnies in your state or territory. , disadvantanges; family violence; youth

Family and community activities

Health & wellbeing, Family and community activities, The St Vincent de Paul Society has support services that are tailored to meet the specific needs of individuals and families and the communities in which they live. Many of these services fill the gaps in people’s lives in various ways whether it is through the provision of food, funds, companionships or counselling. They help ease the pressures within families and communities. We also operate a range of accommodation and support initiatives for people who experience homelessness; providing help with issues such as general health concerns, drug and alcohol abuse, employment education and training options, and social exclusion and isolation. Contact the Society in your state or territory for more information. ,

Resettling in Australia

The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia.

The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia.

Resettlement services

Resettling in Australia , Resettlement services, As part of our commitment to assisting the most vulnerable in our society, the St Vincent de Paul Society provides support services to newly-arrived children and families of refugee backgrounds. The St Vincent de Paul Society has a long history of helping migrants and refugees. Catholic social teaching places a special onus on the St Vincent de Paul Society to help those who seek asylum, having fled war, persecution, injustice or intolerance. As a signatory to the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol relating to the status of refugees, Australia is obligated to welcome and offer on-going friendship to all asylum seekers. The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia. Contact us to learn more about resettling services in your area. , asylum seekers; immigration; refugees; migrants

Helpline QLD

Brisbane
Tel: 3010 1096
Mon to Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm
For other areas please click on the Queensland Helplines button.

Brisbane
Tel: 3010 1096
Mon to Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm
For other areas please click on the Queensland Helplines button.

Queensland Helplines

Helpline QLD, Queensland Helplines, Brisbane Tel: 3010 1096. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm Bundaberg Tel: 4151 5455. Mon, Tues, Thurs 9.00am – 12.00pm Cairns Tel: 4033 8333. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Gold Coast Tel: 5561 4702. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 3.30pm Gympie Tel: 5482 2737. Mon, Wed, Fri 12.00am – 3.00pm Kingaroy Tel: 0417 512 238 Mobile 24x7, Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation Maryborough Tel: 4123 5460 Rockhampton Tel: 4927 6026. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.00am – 1.00pm Toowomba Tel: 4699 5200. Mon to Fri 9.30am – 12.00pm / 1.00pm – 2.30pm Townsville Tel: 4721 2030. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Lowood / Esk / Gatton / Fernvale Tel: 0408 667 902. Mon to Fri 3.30pm – 4.00pm. Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation , helpline, qld,queesland, brisbane

Aged care

The Society has a strong commitment to supporting people as they grow older and particularly those living in seniors living facilities, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Society has a strong commitment to supporting people as they grow older and particularly those living in seniors living facilities, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Home Modification and Maintenance Program

Aged care, Home Modification and Maintenance Program, What is the Home Modification and Maintenance Program? We are contracted by the Queensland government to perform these modifications under the HACC (Home and Community Care) program, and facilitate major modifications through the Department of Housing, and minor maintenance through Disability Services Queensland. Who can access the Home Modification and Maintenance Program? Clients that meet the criteria are eligible for the Home and Community Care Program (HACC). These are people that would be at risk of inappropriate or premature admission to long term residential care if they did not receive HACC services. Referrals to the Society's modification program come from a range of sources: Hospitals Family Members Other HACC Providers Vincentians (members of the community) Where is the Home Modification and Maintenance Program located? This service is provided from Brisbane River, down to NSW border, across to Gatton and down the back of Wivenhoe. See West Moreton/South Coast and South Brisbane HACC planning region Qld maps to check on suburbs in these regions. What are the benefits of accessing the Home Modification and Maintenance Program? The program, which is targeted at frail, aged or disabled individuals, provides an array of in-house modifications to allow people to continue living independently. We perform major and minor maintenance and modifications in housing, including some of the below:   Home modifications Home maintenance Grab rails Plumbing repairs Special rails Changing of light bulbs Handheld showers Installation of safety devices Curtain rods and fittings Minor structural repair Minor and major ramps Replace guttering Chair raiser Lawn mowing Special taps     Can I volunteer for the Home Modification and Maintenance Program? To find out more about the Society's home modification program, please contact the program's project manager on (07) 5561 4730 or email Madelyn.Wilkinson@svdpqld.org.au How can I find out more? To find out more about the Society's home modification program, please contact the program's project manager on (07) 5561 4730 or email Madelyn.Wilkinson@svdpqld.org.au , Seniors, elderly, queensland, home modification and maintenance program, home help, maintenance

Services for Seniors in QLD

Aged care, Services for Seniors in QLD, The St Vincent de Paul Society is a provider of caring and supportive accommodation and services for seniors. These services include seniors living, seniors support services and interaction programs for seniors. In Queensland, services available to seniors include: Home Modification and Maintenance Program targeted at frail, aged or disabled individuals, provides an array of in-house modifications to allow people to continue living independently.For more information, phone (07) 5561 4701 or email hacc.gc@svdpqld.org.au Home Assist Secure program is for those over 60 years of age and/or with a disability to feel safe in their homes. For more information, phone Gold Coast South (07) 5598 1073 / Mackay 0428 051 418. Need help but not sure what to do? Please contact your local Helpline service [numbers below]. You can also contact your local Helpline service [numbers below]. ___________________ Queensland Helplines Brisbane Tel: 3010 1096. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm Bundaberg Tel: 4151 5455. Mon, Tues, Thurs 9.00am – 12.00pm Cairns Tel: 4033 8333. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Gold Coast Tel: 5561 4702. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 3.30pm Gympie Tel: 5482 2737. Mon, Wed, Fri 12.00am – 3.00pm Kingaroy Tel: 0417 512 238 Mobile 24x7, Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation Maryborough Tel: 4123 5460 Rockhampton Tel: 4927 6026. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.00am – 1.00pm Toowomba Tel: 4699 5200. Mon to Fri 9.30am – 12.00pm / 1.00pm – 2.30pm Townsville Tel: 4721 2030. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Lowood / Esk / Gatton / Fernvale Tel: 0408 667 902. Mon to Fri 3.30pm – 4.00pm. Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation For more information regarding our Helpline service click here , aged; elderly; nursing homes; seniors; home repairs; home modification; 60+; living independently; disability; seniors help; old people help; old people; QLD; Gold Coast

Disability services

The Society has a number of programs to provide opportunities for people living with a disability to integrate and socialise with the broader community, breaking down barriers between the two.

The Society has a number of programs to provide opportunities for people living with a disability to integrate and socialise with the broader community, breaking down barriers between the two.

Disability Services

Disability services, Disability Services , Disability Services In Queensland the St Vincent de Paul Society became involved in supporting people with disabilities in 1986. It began when Our Lady of Mercy Conference in Toowoomba set up a group for supported accommodation with a request from PHILOS (a support group for families caring for family members with a disability). In response to these requests, Padua Villa opened in 1988 with Loretto House in the following year. When government funding became contingent on adherence to the Queensland Disability Service Standards, the State Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society undertook the management of supported accommodation for people with disabilities. Today the program provides support funded through state and commercial insurance funding arrangements. Currently the program operates in Queensland’s South West region, including Toowoomba and Warwick and outer areas.  The service provides assistance for people with a disability with daily living skills who wish to live independently or in shared support arrangements. Our Vision To build communities where the rights, values and abilities of all people are recognised and celebrated. Our Mission To provide disability services that support people to live the life they choose as members of their community where their contributions are valued and their needs are met with the utmost dignity and respect. What we offer The Society provides a range of individual and flexible services to support people to enrich their lives through independence and community participation.  We offer a range of assistance with daily living tasks and assistance to access community, social and recreational activities. Assistance with daily living tasks include •             Assistance to organise and manage daily living tasks in your home •             Personal Care •             Health & Wellbeing management •             Community Access for activities such as shopping, banking and medical appointments. •             Personal development which may include Positive Behaviour Support or other allied health management strategies. Assistance to access community, social and recreational activities include •             Being involved in your local community by participating in local groups and or events. •             Exploring recreational, creative and sporting preferences.  •             Maintaining or developing new skills •             Linking to employment or educational opportunities •             Assistances to plan holidays or important social events Our Staff Our team is genuinely committed to supporting you to pursue your personal needs, interests and life goals that are important to you. All staff are experienced, fully qualified and undergo, first aid training, criminal screening and other relevant training to ensure innovative and quality services are provided. Eligibility A person who in receipt of a Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Service (DCCSDS) funding support package are eligible to receive services. If you are not currently in receipt of a DCCSDS funding support please feel free to contact us to discuss what options maybe available to you. We also provide supports under the MAIC Qld, NSW Lifetime Care & Support, TAC Victoria and other fee for service arrangements. For further information Jodie Eversteyn -Disability Service Manager jodie.eversteyn@svdpqld.org.au 07 4699 5204 F:  07 4659 5887 M: 0439 532 789 4 Julia Street, Toowoomba Qld 4350 ,

Disaster recovery

Vinnies National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response of the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere.

Vinnies National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response of the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere.

Gain disaster recovery assistance

Disaster recovery, Gain disaster recovery assistance, National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response of the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere. Where a disaster occurs within  Australia, the local State, Diocesan, Central or Regional Council provides as much assistance as possible, as soon as possible, from its own resources.  The national role is to harness the resources of the other states and territories. Where a disaster occurs in other countries, the Australian response is handled t National Council members, who liaise with the National Council of the country affected.  If the Society does not have a National Council in the affected country, liaison may be appropriate with another body, for example the local Bishops’ Conference or International Council General. For assistance, contact your local Helpline service [numbers below]. ___________________ Queensland Helplines Brisbane Tel: 3010 1096. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm Bundaberg Tel: 4151 5455. Mon, Tues, Thurs 9.00am – 12.00pm Cairns Tel: 4033 8333. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Gold Coast Tel: 5561 4702. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 3.30pm Gympie Tel: 5482 2737. Mon, Wed, Fri 12.00am – 3.00pm Kingaroy Tel: 0417 512 238 Mobile 24x7, Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation Maryborough Tel: 4123 5460 Rockhampton Tel: 4927 6026. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.00am – 1.00pm Toowomba Tel: 4699 5200. Mon to Fri 9.30am – 12.00pm / 1.00pm – 2.30pm Townsville Tel: 4721 2030. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Lowood / Esk / Gatton / Fernvale Tel: 0408 667 902. Mon to Fri 3.30pm – 4.00pm. Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation For more information regarding our Helpline service click here , flood, cyclone, fire, disaster, assistance, financial assistance

Domestic & family violence

Vinnies provides crisis accommodation, can help in a range of areas, including case management, Centrelink assistance, housing, immigration issues, education and recreational activities, health, and counselling and art therapy.

Vinnies provides crisis accommodation, can help in a range of areas, including case management, Centrelink assistance, housing, immigration issues, education and recreational activities, health, and counselling and art therapy.

Domestic and family violence issues

Domestic & family violence, Domestic and family violence issues, Relationship violence has a massive impact on its victims and on society in general. More than one in three Australian women experience relationship violence in their lifetime, while about a quarter of children witness it. The impact is estimated to have a $13.6 billion annual cost. The financial, physical and mental costs for women and psychological, emotional and behavioural effects on children are incalculable. The St Vincent de Paul Society provides assistance for victims of relationship violence within a framework that is always supportive of the choices women make, whether they decide to stay in the relationship or not. We aim to provide long-term support and friendship at what can be an extremely vulnerable time for women and children, helping them build new lives and move away from relationship violence if they choose to leave a violent relationship. In such cases, we can also provide short and long term accommodation to families and children experiencing or at risk of relationship violence. Depending on your state or territory, you can access resource centres that, as well as providing crisis accommodation, can help in a range of areas, including case management, Centrelink assistance, housing, immigration issues, education and recreational activities, health, and counselling and art therapy. For support contact your local Helpline service [numbers below]. ___________________ Queensland Helplines Brisbane Tel: 3010 1096. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm Bundaberg Tel: 4151 5455. Mon, Tues, Thurs 9.00am – 12.00pm Cairns Tel: 4033 8333. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Gold Coast Tel: 5561 4702. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 3.30pm Gympie Tel: 5482 2737. Mon, Wed, Fri 12.00am – 3.00pm Kingaroy Tel: 0417 512 238 Mobile 24x7, Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation Maryborough Tel: 4123 5460 Rockhampton Tel: 4927 6026. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.00am – 1.00pm Toowomba Tel: 4699 5200. Mon to Fri 9.30am – 12.00pm / 1.00pm – 2.30pm Townsville Tel: 4721 2030. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Lowood / Esk / Gatton / Fernvale Tel: 0408 667 902. Mon to Fri 3.30pm – 4.00pm. Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation For more information regarding our Helpline service click here , Women's Shelter; Young Parents; Family; case management; Centrelink Assistance; Housing; immigration assistance; Recreational activities

Education Services

Education Services

Education Services, Education Services, Education Services The Society’s Education Services offer a variety of education pathways to those who have faced barriers to learning. The following programs help people who are marginalised, disadvantaged or isolated to have the opportunity to re-engage in education and gain a qualification: Clemente Clemente is a tuition-free, university accredited program designed to help build aspirations and confidence through education. The program is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has encountered trauma or setback in their lives. Participants engage in a two year Humanities study course (four subjects over four semesters) where on completion they will obtain a university certificate which can be used towards further study. Clemente aims to: enhance participant’s self-confidence through rigorous learning and so bringing about personal change promote a positive view of the future for those who have been marginalised from society thus enabling them to re-engage with society make university education accessible to disadvantaged Australians use the potential of a Humanities education to change lives and promote social inclusion. The Clemente program in Queensland currently operates in Brisbane and Toowoomba, with a Logan based program under development. Semester 2 has now commenced in Brisbane and Toowoomba and enrolments are closed.  If you are interested in finding out more information about the program or would like to study next semester, please fill in a Student Expression of Interest Form and return to education@svdpqld.org.au For a copy of the Clemente Brisbane Student Expression of Interest Form click here _______________________________ New Course starting 7 September 2016: Learn about Learning! Explore and discover what it means to study at University through this interactive class.  The following topics will be explored:   cultural differences in communication learning styles and how you learn best learn about technology and online university study essays writing, journaling and assignments group work and presentations. Workshops will occur once a week on Wednesday in South Brisbane (Note, this is a non-accredited course). Email Lucy Nash for more information: Lucy.Nash@bne.centacare.net.au Skilling Queenslanders for Work; Community Work Skills The Society, in partnership with registered training organisation Kirana, is currently delivering a Certificate III in Warehousing Operations at Lawnton and a Certificate III in Retail Operations at Meadowbrook.  Both courses are now coming to a close with some excellent outcomes for all participants involved, including successful volunteering and work placements in their chosen fields of Retail or Warehousing. The Society is planning to deliver the next Community Work Skills program with a Certificate III in Retail Operations at Meadowbrook starting in October! An information session will be held 14 September from 10am to 11am at the Vinnies Meadowbrook depot (36 Nestor Drive, Meadowbrook). To find out more or register your attendance at the information session, please email education@svdpqld.org.au  or phone 07 3010 1083. The Community Work Skills courses are delivered in a supported learning environment where participants can access support tailored to their individual learning needs to assist them in completing the course. This includes classroom and work placement, combined with job readiness and assistance to gain employment beyond completing the course. This training is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government through its Skills Queenslanders for Work initiative. https://training.qld.gov.au/community-orgs/funded/sqw   To find out more about Education Services, including volunteering and sponsoring opportunities, please email education@svdpqld.org.au. , Education Services Queensland

Emergency housing & homelessness support

Vinnies has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Vinnies has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Information for Tenants

Emergency housing & homelessness support, Information for Tenants, This tenancy information page provides useful information about living in St Vincent de Paul Society Qld Housing Program properties and general information for tenants about services, and your rights and responsibilities. St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland – Housing Program is a not-for-profit community housing provider in Queensland. The Society’s Housing Program seeks to provide assistance to people who are homeless, or those who are at risk of becoming homeless, by providing a variety of housing solutions. Tenant resources , tenants, renting, support, fact sheets, forms

Looking for accommodation

Emergency housing & homelessness support, Looking for accommodation, The Society provides a range of Housing Support across Queensland. Working in partnership with the community, government and other agencies, we provide a range of services repsonsive to the needs of people who are homeless or facing a housing crisis. Brisbane Greater Brisbane Long Term Housing Transitional housing Gillies House - Men's accommodation Townsville Transitional housing Gold Coast and surrounds Clarehaven Crisis accommodation Families Back on Track Humber Place Transitional housing Toowoomba and surrounds Long term housing Learn more about Vinnies Housing Support in your area by calling your local Helpline service [numbers below]. ___________________ Queensland Helplines Brisbane Tel: 3010 1096. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm Bundaberg Tel: 4151 5455. Mon, Tues, Thurs 9.00am – 12.00pm Cairns Tel: 4033 8333. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Gold Coast Tel: 5561 4702. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 3.30pm Gympie Tel: 5482 2737. Mon, Wed, Fri 12.00am – 3.00pm Kingaroy Tel: 0417 512 238 Mobile 24x7, Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation Maryborough Tel: 4123 5460 Rockhampton Tel: 4927 6026. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.00am – 1.00pm Toowomba Tel: 4699 5200. Mon to Fri 9.30am – 12.00pm / 1.00pm – 2.30pm Townsville Tel: 4721 2030. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Lowood / Esk / Gatton / Fernvale Tel: 0408 667 902. Mon to Fri 3.30pm – 4.00pm. Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation For more information regarding our Helpline service click here , accommodation, homeless, crisis, Queensland, shelters

Finances

Vinnies provides a range of financial support services on a one-on-one basis for people seeking assistance

Vinnies provides a range of financial support services on a one-on-one basis for people seeking assistance

Managing my finances

Finances, Managing my finances, Critical life incidents and events such as unemployment, displacement, or chronic illness may often lead to individuals or families facing crisis. The St Vincent de Paul Society provides assistance to people in need in any way they can. In many cases, our help can be as simple as helping to pay off an urgent, debilitating bill, or a food voucher to help a family make it through to their next pay. In every state and territory, the Society helps people through difficult times with the goal of eventually taking back control of their finances. We provide a range of financial support services on a one-on-one basis for people seeking assistance. As well as providing vouchers for food and goods, we can help people pay for utility bills and unexpected expenses, and, in some states, we provide access to special loans schemes as well as financial literacy programs for individuals and families to help them formulate realistic budgets and stick to them. Learn more about our financial support services offered in Queensland: No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) StepUp Loans You can also contact your local Helpline service [numbers below]. ___________________ Queensland Helplines Brisbane Tel: 3010 1096. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm Bundaberg Tel: 4151 5455. Mon, Tues, Thurs 9.00am – 12.00pm Cairns Tel: 4033 8333. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Gold Coast Tel: 5561 4702. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 3.30pm Gympie Tel: 5482 2737. Mon, Wed, Fri 12.00am – 3.00pm Kingaroy Tel: 0417 512 238 Mobile 24x7, Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation Maryborough Tel: 4123 5460 Rockhampton Tel: 4927 6026. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.00am – 1.00pm Toowomba Tel: 4699 5200. Mon to Fri 9.30am – 12.00pm / 1.00pm – 2.30pm Townsville Tel: 4721 2030. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Lowood / Esk / Gatton / Fernvale Tel: 0408 667 902. Mon to Fri 3.30pm – 4.00pm. Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation For more information regarding our Helpline service click here , No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS)

No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS)

Finances, No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS), No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS) What is NILS? The No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) will lend up to $1200* to low income earners, with low repayments from $20 per fortnight, for the purchase of essential electrical white goods, such as refrigerators, washing machines, or televisions. Documents are required to verify income, expenditure, identification and loan purpose. Who can access these loans? If you have been at your current address for a minimum of three months, are low income and are over the age 18, then you are eligible to apply. Where is the NILS located? The Service currently operates across the State. What are the benefits of NILS? The program is designed to help those who would have difficulty in obtaining finance for these critical items from traditional means. Can I volunteer for NILS? No, Volunteers are not needed for this service. How can I find out more? For more information about the NILS program, please phone (07) 3010 1029 or email nils@svdpqld.org.au. , NILS, loans, finances, budget, QLD, Queensland

StepUp Loans

Finances, StepUp Loans, What is the StepUp Loan? A StepUp Loan is a low interest, unsecured personal loan offered in partnership by National Australia Bank and Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service and facilitated through the Society in areas of Queensland. The StepUp Loan program provides safe and affordable credit to people who are financially disadvantaged to enable the purchase of essential goods. Who can access these loans? StepUp Loans are designed specifically for people living on low incomes. To be eligible, applicants must hold a current Centrelink Health Care Card or Pension Card or receive Family Tax Benefit A. In addition, they must have lived at their current address for at least three months. Documents are required to verify income, expenditure, identification and loan purpose. Where is the service located? The Service is based in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, however people from other regrions are also invited to enquire. What are the benefits of accessing this service? Those who benefit from StepUp Loans are people living on low incomes as it enables them to borrow for a broad range of worthwhile purposes, such as buying or repairing a motor vehicle, the purchase of furniture/ white goods, medical or educational expenses. How can I find out more? Visit: http://stepuploan.org.au/ Inala / Ipswich region: 3716 1206 or 0427 407 361 Gold Coast region: 5514 5306 or 0427 619 718 , Loans, budget, financial assistance, Gold Coast, Ipswich

Food

Vinnies provides all kinds of nourishment. We provide food and friendship to people in their homes. We also operate soup vans in the majority of states and territories in Australia (excluding Queensland and Western Australia). We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers.

Vinnies provides all kinds of nourishment. We provide food and friendship to people in their homes. We also operate soup vans in the majority of states and territories in Australia (excluding Queensland and Western Australia). We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers.

Food

Food, Food , * The Soup Van Service is currently not available in Queensland Every day and night, in every capital city and many regional centres, Vinnies is nourishing the hungriest and neediest in our community. We provide all kinds of nourishment, from hot meals, drinks and snacks to companionship and community. Our volunteers help break through the barriers of loneliness and isolation that many living on the fringe of society suffer. We can provide a meal, blankets, toiletries, snacks, hot beverages and most importantly, companionship. As a result Vinnies has helped foster genuine communities of friends from all walks of life. To learn more about assessing our Food service in your area contact your local Helpline service [numbers below]. ___________________ Queensland Helplines Brisbane Tel: 3010 1096. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm Bundaberg Tel: 4151 5455. Mon, Tues, Thurs 9.00am – 12.00pm Cairns Tel: 4033 8333. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Gold Coast Tel: 5561 4702. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 3.30pm Gympie Tel: 5482 2737. Mon, Wed, Fri 12.00am – 3.00pm Kingaroy Tel: 0417 512 238 Mobile 24x7, Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation Maryborough Tel: 4123 5460 Rockhampton Tel: 4927 6026. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.00am – 1.00pm Toowomba Tel: 4699 5200. Mon to Fri 9.30am – 12.00pm / 1.00pm – 2.30pm Townsville Tel: 4721 2030. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Lowood / Esk / Gatton / Fernvale Tel: 0408 667 902. Mon to Fri 3.30pm – 4.00pm. Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation For more information regarding our Helpline service click here , food, welfare, help, hungry, dinner

General support

As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our Special Works. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.

As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our Special Works. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.

General support and advice

General support, General support and advice, As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our special work. Our special work includes home visitations, carried out by members of the St Vincent de Paul Society on a voluntary basis. Our members belong to conferences, which are typically parish-based groups of people who respond to calls for assistance from people in need in their local community. Conference members visit people in their homes, in hospitals and in prisons. We try to find the most appropriate response to the needs of that person or their family. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs. Anyone can access this service providing they have expressed a need for our assistance. We’re aware of the immense privilege it is to be invited into someone’s home, and we’ll only visit someone in their home if we’ve been invited. We’re one of only a few Australian charities to carry out such visits in homes, hospitals and prisons across the country. The visits are informal and our members are very sensitive to people’s needs. Home visitation is a way by which people can be supported and encouraged to take control of their lives. It allows members the privileged opportunity to enter another’s home and life, to accompany them as they move forward. Learn more about home visitations in your area, including how to get involved by calling your local Helpline service [numbers below]. For more information about the Queensland Helpline Services click here ___________________ Queensland Helplines Brisbane Tel: 3010 1096. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm Bundaberg Tel: 4151 5455. Mon, Tues, Thurs 9.00am – 12.00pm Cairns Tel: 4033 8333. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Gold Coast Tel: 5561 4702. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 3.30pm Gympie Tel: 5482 2737. Mon, Wed, Fri 12.00am – 3.00pm Kingaroy Tel: 0417 512 238 Mobile 24x7, Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation Maryborough Tel: 4123 5460 Rockhampton Tel: 4927 6026. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.00am – 1.00pm Toowomba Tel: 4699 5200. Mon to Fri 9.30am – 12.00pm / 1.00pm – 2.30pm Townsville Tel: 4721 2030. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Lowood / Esk / Gatton / Fernvale Tel: 0408 667 902. Mon to Fri 3.30pm – 4.00pm. Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation For more information regarding our Helpline service click here ,

Health & wellbeing

Anytime you hit a roadblock, Vinnies is here to help. We can be a source of support for general well-being no matter where you are at in your life, no matter what challenges you are facing.

Anytime you hit a roadblock, Vinnies is here to help. We can be a source of support for general well-being no matter where you are at in your life, no matter what challenges you are facing.

Children's activities

Health & wellbeing, Children's activities, Children’s activities run by the St Vincent de Paul Society include Kids’ Camps, Buddies Days and much more. Often these activities are held over the school holiday period. Typically young adults who are members of the Society kindly volunteer their time and efforts to host activities designed to assist children and families who might need a fun outlet to escape from the hardships they may be experiencing. Our volunteers participate in the activities alongside with the kids and ensure that these events are both safe and lots of fun. Our volunteers are provided with training and support. Learn more about Youth Activities in your area, including how to get involved by clicking here or calling your local Helpline service [numbers below]. ___________________ Queensland Helplines Brisbane Tel: 3010 1096. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm Bundaberg Tel: 4151 5455. Mon, Tues, Thurs 9.00am – 12.00pm Cairns Tel: 4033 8333. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Gold Coast Tel: 5561 4702. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 3.30pm Gympie Tel: 5482 2737. Mon, Wed, Fri 12.00am – 3.00pm Kingaroy Tel: 0417 512 238 Mobile 24x7, Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation Maryborough Tel: 4123 5460 Rockhampton Tel: 4927 6026. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.00am – 1.00pm Toowomba Tel: 4699 5200. Mon to Fri 9.30am – 12.00pm / 1.00pm – 2.30pm Townsville Tel: 4721 2030. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Lowood / Esk / Gatton / Fernvale Tel: 0408 667 902. Mon to Fri 3.30pm – 4.00pm. Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation For more information regarding our Helpline service click here , disadvantanges; family violence; youth

Family and community activities

Health & wellbeing, Family and community activities, The St Vincent de Paul Society has support services that are tailored to meet the specific needs of individuals and families and the communities in which they live. Many of these services fill the gaps in people’s lives in various ways whether it is through the provision of food, funds, companionships or counselling. They help ease the pressures within families and communities. We also operate a range of accommodation and support initiatives for people who experience homelessness; providing help with issues such as general health concerns, drug and alcohol abuse, employment education and training options, and social exclusion and isolation. Learn more about Youth Activities in your area, including how to get involved by clicking here or calling your local Helpline service [numbers below]. ___________________ Queensland Helplines Brisbane Tel: 3010 1096. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm Bundaberg Tel: 4151 5455. Mon, Tues, Thurs 9.00am – 12.00pm Cairns Tel: 4033 8333. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Gold Coast Tel: 5561 4702. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 3.30pm Gympie Tel: 5482 2737. Mon, Wed, Fri 12.00am – 3.00pm Kingaroy Tel: 0417 512 238 Mobile 24x7, Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation Maryborough Tel: 4123 5460 Rockhampton Tel: 4927 6026. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.00am – 1.00pm Toowomba Tel: 4699 5200. Mon to Fri 9.30am – 12.00pm / 1.00pm – 2.30pm Townsville Tel: 4721 2030. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Lowood / Esk / Gatton / Fernvale Tel: 0408 667 902. Mon to Fri 3.30pm – 4.00pm. Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation For more information regarding our Helpline service click here ,

Friendship programs

Health & wellbeing, Friendship programs, What is the Compeer Friendship Program? Compeer is an internationally affiliated program for people living with a mental illness. Based on the principle of the Power of Friendship, Compeer matches volunteers in one to one friendship with people who have become socially isolated due to mental illness. As in any friendship, volunteers and their friends spend time together enjoying activities such as chatting over a cup of coffee, going to the movies or enjoying activities of mutual interest. The friendship is supported by Compeer staff and the health professional applying to the program. Since its inception in the USA in 1973, Compeer has become internationally recognised as a valuable adjunct to traditional medical and rehabilitation treatment. Compeer has been operating in Australia under the auspices of the St Vincent de Paul Society since 1995. Our mission: to improve the quality of life and self-esteem of adults with a diagnosed mental illness through one-to-one friendship with a caring volunteer. Compeer promotes social inclusion and the reduction of stigma through friendship which is built around mutual trust, respect and understanding. More about Compeer Become a Volunteer Become a Friend Information for Health Professionals Contact the Compeer Coordinator in your state or territory In Australia, Compeer has a presence in  ACT    NSW    QLD    VIC  , social programs; social inclusion; friendship

Resettling in Australia

The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia.

The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia.

Migration Advice Service

Resettling in Australia , Migration Advice Service, Migration Advice What is the Migration Advice Service? This service offers free visa advice by the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland to residents in the Gold Coast, Logan and Brisbane areas.  As its continuing commitment to the needy and disadvantaged, the Society will offer this advisory service to those who can't afford the professional services of a migration agent/lawyer.   Who can access the Migration Advice Service? The service is offered on a needs basis but it is usually held every second Tuesday evening at either the Infant Saviour Church, 4 Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads or at Level 1, Southport Community Centre, 6 Lawson Street, Southport, between 6pm to 9pm. Consultations will strictly be by appointment, on a first come first serve basis, as the St Vincent de Paul Society can only see a limited number of people in each session.  Migration Advising Clinics are also offered  every second  Saturday  at either St Paul’s Church, 3 St Paul’s Drive, Woodridge, Logan or Frederic Ozanam House, 365 Boundary Road, Spring Hill (Brisbane).   Where is the Migration Advice Service located? The service is available at the Gold Coast, Logan and Brisbane areas.  What are the benefits of accessing the Migration Advice Service? The Society offers this advisory service to those who can't afford the professional services of a migration agent/lawyer.   How can I find out more? People wanting to access this service are asked to make an appointment by calling 048 7347 858 between 6pm and 9pm, Monday to Friday (except on public holidays). Migration Advising Clinics are also offered  every second  Saturday  at either St Paul’s Church, 3 St Paul’s Drive, Woodridge, Logan or Frederic Ozanam House, 365 Boundary Road, Spring Hill (Brisbane).   , Migration Advice Service, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Queensland

Resettlement services

Resettling in Australia , Resettlement services, As part of our commitment to assisting the most vulnerable in our society, the St Vincent de Paul Society provides support services to newly-arrived children and families of refugee backgrounds. The St Vincent de Paul Society has a long history of helping migrants and refugees. Catholic social teaching places a special onus on the St Vincent de Paul Society to help those who seek asylum, having fled war, persecution, injustice or intolerance. As a signatory to the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol relating to the status of refugees, Australia is obligated to welcome and offer on-going friendship to all asylum seekers. The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia. In Queensland our programs include: Settlement Services. For more information click here Learn more about our Training and Mentoring Program and other Migrant and Refugee Services, including Migration Advice and VoRTCS and how to get involved, by calling your local Helpline service. ___________________ Queensland Helplines Brisbane Tel: 3010 1096. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm Bundaberg Tel: 4151 5455. Mon, Tues, Thurs 9.00am – 12.00pm Cairns Tel: 4033 8333. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Gold Coast Tel: 5561 4702. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 3.30pm Gympie Tel: 5482 2737. Mon, Wed, Fri 12.00am – 3.00pm Kingaroy Tel: 0417 512 238. Mobile 24x7. Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation Maryborough Tel: 4123 5460 Rockhampton Tel: 4927 6026. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.00am – 1.00pm Toowomba Tel: 4699 5200. Mon to Fri 9.30am – 12.00pm / 1.00pm – 2.30pm Townsville Tel: 4721 2030. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Lowood / Esk / Gatton / Fernvale Tel: 0408 667 902. Mon to Fri 3.30pm – 4.00pm. Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation For more information regarding our Helpline service click here , asylum seekers; immigration; refugees; migrants

Support services

Resettling in Australia , Support services, The Society has a number of programs to support refugee children and families as you settle into life in Australia. In Queensland our support programs are: Migrant Advice Service Settlement Services Volunteer Refugee Tutoring and Community Support(VoRTCS) Vinnies Refugee Assistance Program ___________________ Queensland Helplines Brisbane Tel: 3010 1096. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm Bundaberg Tel: 4151 5455. Mon, Tues, Thurs 9.00am – 12.00pm Cairns Tel: 4033 8333. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Gold Coast Tel: 5561 4702. Mon to Fri 8.30am – 3.30pm Gympie Tel: 5482 2737. Mon, Wed, Fri 12.00am – 3.00pm Kingaroy Tel: 0417 512 238 Mobile 24x7, Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation Maryborough Tel: 4123 5460 Rockhampton Tel: 4927 6026. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.00am – 1.00pm Toowomba Tel: 4699 5200. Mon to Fri 9.30am – 12.00pm / 1.00pm – 2.30pm Townsville Tel: 4721 2030. Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12.00pm Lowood / Esk / Gatton / Fernvale Tel: 0408 667 902. Mon to Fri 3.30pm – 4.00pm. Leave message & member will contact to arrange visitation For more information regarding our Helpline service click here , asylum seekers; immigration; refugees; migrants

Volunteer Refugee Tutoring and Community Support (VoRTCS)

Resettling in Australia , Volunteer Refugee Tutoring and Community Support (VoRTCS), What is the VoRTCS? The VoRTCS Program is a Special Works of St Vincent de Paul and provides in-home tutoring support to many refugee families in Brisbane so they can take up educational, vocational and social opportunities existing in our community. Each week, VoRTCS volunteers visit families from refugee backgrounds for roughly an hour and a half to provide community support and enhance English language skills. Who can access the VoRTCS? Refugee families who have recently arrived in Australia and been settled in Brisbane for a minimum of 6 months. VoRTCS can assist families with a minimum of two members requiring assistance in English language skills, confidence building, basic homework and TAFE course assistance, completing forms, settling into their local community and enquiring skills to help them access opportunities within Brisbane. VoRTCS is not a homework club, with both the adults and children required to participate in the program. If the family require help more suited to the services of a club please consider the list of Brisbane Homework Clubs and English Classes at the bottom of this page. Where are the VoRTCS located? VoRTCS is run and based in Brisbane, with tutors assisting families in the north, west and southern suburbs of the city. What are the benefits of accessing this service? Those who benefit from this service are refugee families who have recently arrived in Australia and now live in Brisbane. VoRTCS tutors help their assigned family to overcome current obstacles and become more independent and confident members within their community. Can I volunteer for VoRTCS? Yes, we are always in need for more eager volunteers to join our team. If you believe refugees have a lot to contribute to Australian society and should be assisted and encouraged to take up the opportunities available to all Australians, whether they be educational, social or vocational then this is the program for you! How can I find out more? To find out more, visit the official VoRTCS website at www.refugeetutoring.org for further information and steps in referring a family or becoming a volunteer tutor. Building Learning Communities The Building Learning Communities database and the Best Practice Guidelines for developing and running a learning program in literacy, learning and numeracy is the result of the project grant from the Brisbane City Council. These resources assist you in finding community programs in homework support and language and literacy. Additionally a Best Practice Guide has been developed that draws on documents already developed and available in the community.  The Guide helps community bodies to establish, recruit, select and retain volunteers when designing a learning communities program in language, literacy, numeracy and learning. Funding for the program from Brisbane City Council is gratefully appreciated and acknowledged.  These resources would not have been produced without the grant provided to engage a project officer to complete the tasks. It should be noted that the resources will not be updated nor be added to in the future. You are encouraged to contact the respective organisation that is of interest to you in order to check on the current status of programs. Due to the changing nature of funding and grants in Brisbane and regions, details of service providers and their programs may change without notice. , VoRTCS

Disaster recovery

Vinnies National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response of the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere.

Vinnies National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response of the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere.

Disaster Recovery Assistance

Disaster recovery, Disaster Recovery Assistance , The St Vincent de Paul Society in SA will always be there to support people affected by disasters. In the case of a local natural disaster the State Council of SA will work with local volunteers to determine the communities needs at that time. This may be way of material support, financial support and emotional support. In times of large disasters, State Council will work across the national network of the Society to instigate a national appeal and will work nationally to address the needs of the community with the full support of every state and territory. Information relevant to a disaster, the process to obtain help, as well as ways you can support people affected will be disseminated through our website and social media. Pinery Bushfire Financial Assistance ,

Emergency housing & homelessness support

Vinnies has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Vinnies has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Accommodation options

Emergency housing & homelessness support, Accommodation options, Too many Australians are currently experiencing or at risk of homelessness. These people are often experiencing a range of disadvantages, including substance misuse, mental illness, disability, family violence, discrimination and social isolation. The St Vincent de Paul Society has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness. All our services provide case-management and advocacy for each client. Learn more about Vinnies housing support in your area: Vincentian Centre Frederic Ozanam Housing Association , disadvantages; including substance misuse; mental illness; disability; family violence; discrimination and social isolation; Homelessness;

Finances

Vinnies provides a range of financial support services on a one-on-one basis for people seeking assistance

Vinnies provides a range of financial support services on a one-on-one basis for people seeking assistance

Managing my finances

Finances, Managing my finances, Critical life incidents and events such as unemployment, displacement, or chronic illness may often lead to individuals or families facing crisis. The St Vincent de Paul Society provides assistance to people in need in any way they can. In many cases, our help can be as simple as helping to pay off an urgent, debilitating bill, or a food voucher to help a family make it through to their next pay. In every state and territory, the Society helps people through difficult times with the goal of eventually taking back control of their finances. We provide a range of financial support services on a one-on-one basis for people seeking assistance. As well as providing vouchers for food and goods, we can help people pay for utility bills and unexpected expenses, and, in some states, we provide access to special loans schemes as well as financial literacy programs for individuals and families to help them formulate realistic budgets and stick to them. Learn more about our financial support services in SA: Budget and Financial Counselling ,

Food

Vinnies provides all kinds of nourishment. We provide food and friendship to people in their homes. We also operate soup vans in the majority of states and territories in Australia (excluding Queensland and Western Australia). We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers.

Vinnies provides all kinds of nourishment. We provide food and friendship to people in their homes. We also operate soup vans in the majority of states and territories in Australia (excluding Queensland and Western Australia). We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers.

Accessing food and soup vans

Food, Accessing food and soup vans, Every day and night, in every capital city and many regional centres, Vinnies is nourishing the hungriest and neediest in our community. We provide all kinds of nourishment, from hot meals, drinks and snacks to companionship and community. Our volunteers help break through the barriers of loneliness and isolation that many living on the fringe of society suffer. We can provide a meal, blankets, toiletries, snacks, hot beverages and most importantly, companionship. As a result Vinnies has helped foster genuine communities of friends from all walks of life. Vinnies soup vans operate where the need is greatest in capital cities and regional centres. We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers. For more information on our food services, or to learn how to support the service or get involved, click on the relevant link below. Fred's Van Mobile Food Service ,

General support

As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our Special Works. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.

As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our Special Works. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.

General support and advice

General support, General support and advice, As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our special work. Our special work includes home visitations, carried out by members of the St Vincent de Paul Society on a voluntary basis. Our members belong to conferences, which are typically parish-based groups of people who respond to calls for assistance from people in need in their local community. Conference members visit people in their homes, in hospitals and in prisons. We try to find the most appropriate response to the needs of that person or their family. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs. Anyone can access this service providing they have expressed a need for our assistance. We’re aware of the immense privilege it is to be invited into someone’s home, and we’ll only visit someone in their home if we’ve been invited. We’re one of only a few Australian charities to carry out such visits in homes, hospitals and prisons across the country. The visits are informal and our members are very sensitive to people’s needs. Home visitation is a way by which people can be supported and encouraged to take control of their lives. It allows members the privileged opportunity to enter another’s home and life, to accompany them as they move forward. Click here to learn more about home visitations in your area.   ,

Resettling in Australia

The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia.

The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia.

Resettlement services

Resettling in Australia , Resettlement services, As part of our commitment to assisting the most vulnerable in our society, the St Vincent de Paul Society provides support services to newly-arrived children and families of refugee backgrounds. The St Vincent de Paul Society has a long history of helping migrants and refugees. Catholic social teaching places a special onus on the St Vincent de Paul Society to help those who seek asylum, having fled war, persecution, injustice or intolerance. As a signatory to the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol relating to the status of refugees, Australia is obligated to welcome and offer on-going friendship to all asylum seekers. The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia. Contact us to learn more about resettling services in your area. Refugee and Migrant Service   , asylum seekers; immigration; refugees; migrants

Addiction

People experiencing or at risk of homelessness often suffer from multiple types of disadvantage, including addiction. Addiction refers to a range of behaviours, from substance misuse to gambling. Vinnies offers a range of services designed to assist people vulnerable to various kinds of addictions.

People experiencing or at risk of homelessness often suffer from multiple types of disadvantage, including addiction. Addiction refers to a range of behaviours, from substance misuse to gambling. Vinnies offers a range of services designed to assist people vulnerable to various kinds of addictions.

Gambling

Addiction, Gambling , Vinnies provides a suite of support services for people seeking relief from gambling addiction. Some services offer individuals face-to-face counselling, referrals and support to family members. The services are free of charge for people with gambling problems and their families. Counselling can aid you to either cut back or stop gambling altogether. We address issues that helped contribute to gambling becoming an issue. The three main benefits provided by the service are: A range of appropriate treatment approaches to help gamblers cut back or stop gambling are provided. Support for individuals in addressing the problems associated with gambling is provided. Evaluating the extent to which individuals are helped by the counselling they receive. Contact us for more information about gambling services in your area. , gambling, addiction, Tasmania

Substance misuse

Addiction, Substance misuse, Vinnies offers a range of services designed to assist people vulnerable to various kinds of addictions. These include counselling as well as access to professional service providers and long term programs. People suffering from substance misuse can access a range of services including those designed to assist with a dual-diagnosis (a mental health issue co-occurring with addiction). Vinnies operates from the perspective that wholistic treatment works best and often the first priority in recovering from addiction is to remove the substance from the person. From here clients can then start exploring, identifying and facing up to any underlying issues that have either caused and/or contributed to their addiction. Contact us for more information about addiction services in your area. , substance abuse, addiction, drugs, Tasmania

Aged care

The Society has a strong commitment to supporting people as they grow older and particularly those living in seniors living facilities, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Society has a strong commitment to supporting people as they grow older and particularly those living in seniors living facilities, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Aged care services

Aged care, Aged care services, The St Vincent de Paul Society is a provider of caring and supportive accommodation and services for seniors. These services include seniors living, seniors support services and interaction programs for seniors. The Society has a strong commitment to supporting people as they grow older and particularly those living in seniors living facilities, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Many of our members devote their work to visiting people in seniors accommodation. Other activities include regular activities with older people ranging from assistance in attending Mass to regular Saturday morning teas and singalongs. We are also committed to providing physical, emotional and spiritual care for all seniors who reside in our accommodation or access our services, in a dignified manner. For more information about local services, click on the link below: Mt St Vincent Nursing Home Contact us for more information about aged care services in your area. , aged; elderly; nursing homes; Hobart

Disability services

The Society has a number of programs to provide opportunities for people living with a disability to integrate and socialise with the broader community, breaking down barriers between the two.

The Society has a number of programs to provide opportunities for people living with a disability to integrate and socialise with the broader community, breaking down barriers between the two.

Disability Employment

Disability services, Disability Employment, In every state in Australia, the St Vincent de Paul Society is willing to help anyone with a disability who is seeking assistance. Some states also have employment options for people living with a disability. Employment creates a sense of self-worth and wellbeing. It provides opportunities for people living with a disability to integrate and socialise with the broader community, breaking down barriers between the two. Disability enterprises like Vincent Industries and Tastex Knitwear, both of which are in Tasmania, and Victoria’s Ozanam Enterprises give people living with a disability the opportunity to earn a living wage. Learn about disability employment schemes in your state. Tastex Knitwear and Uniforms Vincent Industries , disability, employment, jobs

Disaster recovery

Vinnies National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response of the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere.

Vinnies National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response of the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere.

Gain disaster recovery assistance

Disaster recovery, Gain disaster recovery assistance, National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response of the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere. Where a disaster occurs within  Australia, the local State, Diocesan, Central or Regional Council provides as much assistance as possible, as soon as possible, from its own resources.  The national role is to harness the resources of the other States and Territories. Where a disaster occurs in other countries, the Australian response is handled through National Council, who liaise with the National Council of the country affected.  If the Society does not have a National Council in the affected country, liaison may be appropriate with another body, for example the local Bishops’ Conference or International Council General. Tasmanian Bushfire Assistance , Bushfire

Emergency housing & homelessness support

Vinnies has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Vinnies has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Accommodation options

Emergency housing & homelessness support, Accommodation options, Too many Australians are currently experiencing or at risk of homelessness. These people are often experiencing a range of disadvantages, including substance misuse, mental illness, disability, family violence, discrimination and social isolation. The St Vincent de Paul Society has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness. All our services provide case-management and advocacy for each client.  At St Vincent de Paul, we support those experiencing or at risk of homelessness with personal attention, a holistic approach and realistic solutions. We recognise that most people who experience homelessness will suffer depression and or some other form of mental illness, their physical health will deteriorate, there is high dependency on alcohol and or other drugs though the stigma and shame is higher with women than men, and nearly all will have suffered some trauma either as a child or adult or both. Our professionally trained staff personally liaise with people to address the range of disadvantages they are facing. Our goal is to work in partnership with those who require our support, to find workable solutions to maximise each person’s level of independence to live in the community. Depending on your state or territory, our homelessness services also include hostels and outreach services. They can provide immediate support and accommodation in times of crisis as well as facilitating access to more permanent housing and other essential services. 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. Learn more about Vinnies housing support in Tasmania. Bethlehem House Marillac House , Bethlem Marillac

Finances

Vinnies provides a range of financial support services on a one-on-one basis for people seeking assistance

Vinnies provides a range of financial support services on a one-on-one basis for people seeking assistance

Managing my finances

Finances, Managing my finances, Critical life incidents and events such as unemployment, displacement, or chronic illness may often lead to individuals or families facing crisis. The St Vincent de Paul Society provides assistance to people in need in any way they can. In many cases, our help can be as simple as helping to pay off an urgent, debilitating bill, or a food voucher to help a family make it through to their next pay. In every state and territory, the Society helps people through difficult times with the goal of eventually taking back control of their finances. We provide a range of financial support services on a one-on-one basis for people seeking assistance. As well as providing vouchers for food and goods, we can help people pay for utility bills and unexpected expenses, and, in some states, we provide access to special loans schemes as well as financial literacy programs for individuals and families to help them formulate realistic budgets and stick to them. Learn more about our financial support services in Tasmania: Fresh Start program   , Fresh_Start

Food

Vinnies provides all kinds of nourishment. We provide food and friendship to people in their homes. We also operate soup vans in the majority of states and territories in Australia (excluding Queensland and Western Australia). We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers.

Vinnies provides all kinds of nourishment. We provide food and friendship to people in their homes. We also operate soup vans in the majority of states and territories in Australia (excluding Queensland and Western Australia). We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers.

Accessing food and soup vans

Food, Accessing food and soup vans, Every day and night, in every capital city and many regional centres, Vinnies is nourishing the hungriest and neediest in our community. We provide all kinds of nourishment, from hot meals, drinks and snacks to companionship and community. Our volunteers help break through the barriers of loneliness and isolation that many living on the fringe of society suffer. We can provide a meal, blankets, toiletries, snacks, hot beverages and most importantly, companionship. As a result Vinnies has helped foster genuine communities of friends from all walks of life. Vinnies soup vans operate where the need is greatest in capital cities and regional centres. We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers. For more information on our food services, or to learn how to support the service or get involved, click on the relevant link below. Loui’s Van Vinnies Van ,

General support

As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our Special Works. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.

As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our Special Works. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.

General support and advice

General support, General support and advice, As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our special work. Our special work includes home visitations, carried out by members of the St Vincent de Paul Society on a voluntary basis. Our members belong to conferences, which are typically parish-based groups of people who respond to calls for assistance from people in need in their local community. Conference members visit people in their homes, in hospitals and in prisons. We try to find the most appropriate response to the needs of that person or their family. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs. Anyone can access this service providing they have expressed a need for our assistance. We’re aware of the immense privilege it is to be invited into someone’s home, and we’ll only visit someone in their home if we’ve been invited. We’re one of only a few Australian charities to carry out such visits in homes, hospitals and prisons across the country. The visits are informal and our members are very sensitive to people’s needs. Home visitation is a way by which people can be supported and encouraged to take control of their lives. It allows members the privileged opportunity to enter another’s home and life, to accompany them as they move forward. To learn more about home visitations in your area, including how to get involved click here. ,

Health & wellbeing

Anytime you hit a roadblock, Vinnies is here to help. We can be a source of support for general well-being no matter where you are at in your life, no matter what challenges you are facing.

Anytime you hit a roadblock, Vinnies is here to help. We can be a source of support for general well-being no matter where you are at in your life, no matter what challenges you are facing.

Children's activities

Health & wellbeing, Children's activities, Children’s activities run by the St Vincent de Paul Society include Kids’ Camps, Buddies Days and much more. Often these activities are held over the school holiday period.  Typically young adults who are members of the Society kindly volunteer their time and efforts to host activities designed to assist children and families who might need a fun outlet or escape from the hardships they may be experiencing. Our volunteers participate in the activities alongside with the kids and ensure that these events are both safe and lots of fun. Our volunteers are provided with training and support. For more information, simply contact Vinnies in your state or territory. Kids Buddy Days , disadvantanges; family violence; youth

Family and community activities

Health & wellbeing, Family and community activities, The St Vincent de Paul Society has support services that are tailored to meet the specific needs of individuals and families and the communities in which they live. Many of these services fill the gaps in people’s lives in various ways whether it is through the provision of food, funds, companionships or counselling. They help ease the pressures within families and communities. We also operate a range of accommodation and support initiatives for people who experience homelessness; providing help with issues such as general health concerns, drug and alcohol abuse, employment education and training options, and social exclusion and isolation. Contact the Society in your state or territory for more information. ,

Resettling in Australia

The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia.

The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia.

Resettlement services

Resettling in Australia , Resettlement services, As part of our commitment to assisting the most vulnerable in our society, the St Vincent de Paul Society provides support services to newly-arrived children and families of refugee backgrounds. The St Vincent de Paul Society has a long history of helping migrants and refugees. Catholic social teaching places a special onus on the St Vincent de Paul Society to help those who seek asylum, having fled war, persecution, injustice or intolerance. As a signatory to the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol relating to the status of refugees, Australia is obligated to welcome and offer on-going friendship to all asylum seekers. The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia. Contact us to learn more about resettling services in your area. , asylum seekers; immigration; refugees; migrants

Aged care

The Society has a strong commitment to supporting people as they grow older and particularly those living in seniors living facilities, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Society has a strong commitment to supporting people as they grow older and particularly those living in seniors living facilities, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Seniors Living

Aged care, Seniors Living , The St Vincent de Paul Society is a provider of caring and supportive accommodation and services for seniors. These services include seniors living, seniors support services and interaction programs for seniors. We have a strong commitment to supporting people as they grow older and particularly those living in seniors living facilities, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. To learn more about Seniors Living services in VIC please see the new VincentCare website. , aged; elderly; nursing homes; seniors

Disability services

The Society has a number of programs to provide opportunities for people living with a disability to integrate and socialise with the broader community, breaking down barriers between the two.

The Society has a number of programs to provide opportunities for people living with a disability to integrate and socialise with the broader community, breaking down barriers between the two.

Disability Employment

Disability services, Disability Employment, In every state in Australia, the St Vincent de Paul Society is willing to help anyone with a disability who is seeking assistance. Some states also have employment options for people living with a disability. Employment creates a sense of self-worth and wellbeing. It provides opportunities for people living with a disability to integrate and socialise with the broader community, breaking down barriers between the two. To learn more about Disability Employment in VIC please see the new VincentCare website. , disability, employment, jobs

Domestic & family violence

Vinnies provides crisis accommodation, can help in a range of areas, including case management, Centrelink assistance, housing, immigration issues, education and recreational activities, health, and counselling and art therapy.

Vinnies provides crisis accommodation, can help in a range of areas, including case management, Centrelink assistance, housing, immigration issues, education and recreational activities, health, and counselling and art therapy.

Family Violence

Domestic & family violence, Family Violence, The St Vincent de Paul Society provides assistance for victims of relationship violence within a framework that is always supportive of the choices women make, whether they decide to stay in the relationship or not. Depending on your state or territory, you can access resource centres that, as well as providing crisis accommodation, can help in a range of areas, including case management, Centrelink assistance, housing, immigration issues, education and recreational activities, health, and counselling and art therapy. To learn more about Family Violence services in VIC please see the new VincentCare website. , Women's Shelter; Young Parents; Family; case management; Centrelink Assistance; Housing; immigration assistance; Recreational activities

Emergency housing & homelessness support

Vinnies has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Vinnies has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Accommodation options

Emergency housing & homelessness support, Accommodation options, Too many Australians are currently experiencing or at risk of homelessness. These people are often experiencing a range of disadvantages, including substance misuse, mental illness, disability, family violence, discrimination and social isolation. The St Vincent de Paul Society has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women and families to become homeless or at risk of homelessness. All our services provide case-management and advocacy for each person that we assist. To learn more about homeless services in VIC please see the new VincentCare website. ,

Food

Vinnies provides all kinds of nourishment. We provide food and friendship to people in their homes. We also operate soup vans in the majority of states and territories in Australia (excluding Queensland and Western Australia). We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers.

Vinnies provides all kinds of nourishment. We provide food and friendship to people in their homes. We also operate soup vans in the majority of states and territories in Australia (excluding Queensland and Western Australia). We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers.

Breakfast Clubs

Food, Breakfast Clubs, The St Vincent de Paul Society recognises the importance of education in helping break the cycle of poverty. Many children do not receive an adequate breakfast in the morning, hindering their concentration and capacity to learn at school. Several conferences have formed partnerships with local schools with the aim of providing children with a good nutritional breakfast before starting their school day. , food, breakfast clubs

Soup Vans

Food, Soup Vans, Every day and night, in every capital city and many regional centres, Vinnies is nourishing the hungriest and neediest in our community. We provide all kinds of nourishment, from hot meals, drinks and snacks to companionship and community. Our volunteers help break through the barriers of loneliness and isolation that many living on the fringe of society suffer. We can provide a meal, blankets, toiletries, snacks, hot beverages and most importantly, companionship. As a result Vinnies has helped foster genuine communities of friends from all walks of life.  Vinnies soup vans operate where the need is greatest in capital cities and regional centres. We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers. Want to learn more about our Soup Van service, click here to view A night on the Soup Vans. For more information on our food services, or to learn how to support the service or get involved, click on the relevant link below. Berwick Soup Van Collingwood Soup Van Endeavour Hills Soup Van Fitzroy Soup Van Footscray Soup Van Moe Soup Van         For further information email: soupvans@svdp-vic.org.au ,

General support

As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our Special Works. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.

As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our Special Works. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.

Box Hill Call Centre

General support, Box Hill Call Centre, WELFARE ASSISTANCE: 1800 305 330 (VICTORIA ONLY)  |   Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm The St Vincent de Paul Society’s Call Centres receive welfare requests for assistance with material aid. The Box Hill Call Centre is staffed by volunteers and services the Melbourne metropolitan conferences, receiving over 300 calls daily. Its purpose is to assist the work of local groups, called conferences, by: Receiving and accurately recording all requests for help Passing on all requests promptly to the correct conferences Answering queries from callers regarding response times The Call Centre is a necessary contact point for making the Society accessible to people in need. ,

Education Programs

General support, Education Programs, The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support children and families with educational programs. These programs also assist refugees develop their literacy and numeracy skills as they settle into a new life in Australia.  Click here to learn more about the services and programs the Society offers in Victoria: Dandenong Tutoring Program West Heidelberg Reading Club   , asylum seekers; immigration; refugees; migrants; education; numeracy; literacy

General support and advice

General support, General support and advice, As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our special work. Our special work includes home visitations, carried out by members of the St Vincent de Paul Society on a voluntary basis. Our members belong to conferences, which are typically parish-based groups of people who respond to calls for assistance from people in need in their local community. Conference members visit people in their homes, in hospitals and in prisons. We try to find the most appropriate response to the needs of that person or their family. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs. Anyone can access this service providing they have expressed a need for our assistance. We’re aware of the immense privilege it is to be invited into someone’s home, and we’ll only visit someone in their home if we’ve been invited. We’re one of only a few Australian charities to carry out such visits in homes, hospitals and prisons across the country. The visits are informal and our members are very sensitive to people’s needs. Home visitation is a way by which people can be supported and encouraged to take control of their lives. It allows members the privileged opportunity to enter another’s home and life, to accompany them as they move forward. Learn more about general support services provided by the Society in Victoria, by clicking on the links below.  Advocacy Box Hill Call Centre Home Visitation Vinnies Shops Vinnies Youth ,

Home Visitation

General support, Home Visitation, Home visitation is the core work of the St Vincent de Paul Society. For assistance call 1800 305 330 (Victoria only) between the hours of 10am and 3pm Monday-Friday. Home visitation work is managed through our conferences with local members visiting people in their homes and help provide the most appropriate assistance to the person’s or family’s needs. This process will involve being a supportive listener and may also include providing food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs, information and advocacy. Victoria’s conferences meet on a regular basis and work closely with St Vincent de Paul Society's Vinnies Shops to provide assistance. Home visitation is a way by which people can be supported and encouraged to take control of their lives. It allows members the privileged opportunity to enter another’s home and life, to accompany them as they move forward. As well as visiting people in their homes, many conference members also engage in activities, such as visiting people in aged residential care, prison visitation, and offering assistance to the Society's special works. All of these activities are about offering friendship and establishing relationships with people in need. For further information about the St Vincent de Paul Society’s programs in Victoria, please contact the Victorian Central Office on 03 9895 5800. ,

Vinnies Shops

General support, Vinnies Shops, Find your nearest Vinnies www.vinnies.org.au/shops Furniture collection 1800 621 349 or material.donations@svdp-vic.org.au Become a volunteer 1300 736 933 or volunteer@svdp-vic.org.au General enquiries 03 9895 5800   Vinnies Shops provide furniture, clothing and household goods to families and people who are in need and are being assisted by conference members. Our Vinnies Shops are also a valuable resource for people on low incomes, enabling them to buy quality clothing, furniture and other household items at an affordable price. The profit from the sale of stock from our Vinnies shops goes directly towards providing resources and support to people in need. To find out more about Vinnies click here  |  To find your local Vinnies click here To donate goods or arrange for a furniture pick up call 1800 621 349 or email material.donations@svdp-vic.org.au ,

Health & wellbeing

Anytime you hit a roadblock, Vinnies is here to help. We can be a source of support for general well-being no matter where you are at in your life, no matter what challenges you are facing.

Anytime you hit a roadblock, Vinnies is here to help. We can be a source of support for general well-being no matter where you are at in your life, no matter what challenges you are facing.

Compeer

Health & wellbeing, Compeer, What is the Compeer Friendship Program? Compeer is an internationally affiliated program for people living with a mental illness. Based on the principle of the Power of Friendship, Compeer matches volunteers in one to one friendship with people who have become socially isolated due to mental illness. As in any friendship, volunteers and their friends spend time together enjoying activities such as chatting over a cup of coffee, going to the movies or enjoying activities of mutual interest. The friendship is supported by Compeer staff and the health professional applying to the program. Since its inception in the USA in 1973, Compeer has become internationally recognised as a valuable adjunct to traditional medical and rehabilitation treatment. Compeer has been operating in Australia under the auspices of the St Vincent de Paul Society since 1995. Our mission: to improve the quality of life and self-esteem of adults with a diagnosed mental illness through one-to-one friendship with a caring volunteer. Compeer promotes social inclusion and the reduction of stigma through friendship which is built around mutual trust, respect and understanding. More about Compeer Become a Friend Information for Health Professionals Contact the Compeer Coordinator in your state or territory In Australia, Compeer has a presence in  ACT    NSW    QLD    VIC   , mental illness; disability; social isolation;

Children's activities

Health & wellbeing, Children's activities, Children’s activities run by the St Vincent de Paul Society include Kids’ Camps, Kids' Days Out and much more. Often these activities are held over the school holiday period.  Typically young adults who are members of the Society kindly volunteer their time and efforts to host activities designed to assist children and families who might need a fun outlet or escape from the hardships they may be experiencing. Our volunteers participate in the activities alongside with the kids and ensure that these events are both safe and lots of fun. Our volunteers are provided with training and support. For more information, simply contact Vinnies in your state or territory. , disadvantanges; family violence; youth

Family and community activities

Health & wellbeing, Family and community activities, The St Vincent de Paul Society has support services that are tailored to meet the specific needs of individuals and families and the communities in which they live. Many of these services fill the gaps in people’s lives in various ways whether it is through the provision of food, funds, companionships or counselling. They help ease the pressures within families and communities. We also operate a range of accommodation and support initiatives for people who experience homelessness; providing help with issues such as general health concerns, drug and alcohol abuse, employment education and training options, and social exclusion and isolation. In Victoria, the Society offers: Holiday Homes ,

Resettling in Australia

The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia.

The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia.

Resettlement services

Resettling in Australia , Resettlement services, As part of our commitment to assisting the most vulnerable in our society, the St Vincent de Paul Society provides support services to newly-arrived children and families of refugee backgrounds. The St Vincent de Paul Society has a long history of helping migrants and refugees. Catholic social teaching places a special onus on the St Vincent de Paul Society to help those who seek asylum, having fled war, persecution, injustice or intolerance. As a signatory to the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol relating to the status of refugees, Australia is obligated to welcome and offer on-going friendship to all asylum seekers. The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia. Contact us to learn more about resettling services in your area. , asylum seekers; immigration; refugees; migrants

Disaster recovery

Vinnies National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response of the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere.

Vinnies National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response of the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere.

Disaster Recovery Assistance

Disaster recovery, Disaster Recovery Assistance, The St Vincent de Paul Society in WA will always be there to support people affected by disasters. In the case of a local natural disaster the State Council of WA will work with local volunteers to determine the communities needs at that time. This may be way of material support, financial support and emotional support. In times of large disasters, State Council will work across the national network of the Society to instigate a national appeal and will work nationally to address the needs of the community with the full support of every state and territory. Information relevant to a disaster, the process to obtain help, as well as ways you can support people affected will be disseminated through our website and social media. Facebook : facebook.com/VinniesWA  Twitter: twitter.com/VinniesWA  Instagram: instagram.com/VinniesWA If you require Emergency Relief Assistance please call our call centre on 1300 794 054 weekdays 9:00am to 1:00pm. , disaster, floods, fires, support

Emergency housing & homelessness support

Vinnies has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Vinnies has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Homelessness Support & Accommodation

Emergency housing & homelessness support, Homelessness Support & Accommodation, The St Vincent de Paul Society in Western Australia offers homeless services which provide young people and adults a safe place to seek help and move out of homelessness. To learn more about our services please click here. If you require Emergency Relief Assistance please call our call centre on 1300 794 054 weekdays 9:00am to 1:00pm. , housing, accommodation, homelessness, homeless youth, drop in centre

Food

Vinnies provides all kinds of nourishment. We provide food and friendship to people in their homes. We also operate soup vans in the majority of states and territories in Australia (excluding Queensland and Western Australia). We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers.

Vinnies provides all kinds of nourishment. We provide food and friendship to people in their homes. We also operate soup vans in the majority of states and territories in Australia (excluding Queensland and Western Australia). We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers.

Accessing Food

Food, Accessing Food, In times of need, people call on the Society to help with basic necessities which nobody should be without. Food is just one of these necessities and the Society provides this to individuals and families through its Emergency Relief & Home Visitation Program. To access food in the metropolitan area of Western Australia please call our Call Centre on 1300 794 054 weekdays 9:00am to 1:00pm. To learn more about our Emergency Relief & Home Visitation program or for regional assistance, click here.   , Food

General support

As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our Special Works. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.

As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our Special Works. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.

Emergency Relief Support & Home Visitations

General support, Emergency Relief Support & Home Visitations, For Emergency Relief Assistance please call 1300 794 054 weekdays 9:00am to 1:00pm. Home Visitation has remained the core work of the Society since 1865 and assists individuals and families in times of need through the provision of Emergency Relief Assistance. The Society's Call Centre is the first point of contact for many people seeking assistance with 92% of calls result in a visit from our members on the same day. Home visits offer dignified, compassionate and respectful support for people seeking assistance where often requests are made for food, bedding, clothing, furniture and utility bills. If you require assistance please call our Call Centre on 1300 794 054 weekdays 9:00am to 1:00pm.  Alternatively click here to learn more about the Society's Emergency Relief & Home Visitation program. , food, help, clothing, utilities, emergency relief

Vinnies Shops & Depot

General support, Vinnies Shops & Depot, Vinnies Shops Vinnies Shops provide furniture, clothing and household goods to individuals and families in need through our Emergency Relief and Home Visitation program. Vinnies Shops are also a valuable resource for people on low incomes, enabling them to buy quality clothing, furniture and other household items at an affordable price. The profit from the sale of stock from our Vinnies shops goes directly towards providing resources and support to people in need through our Emergency Relief and Special Works programs. To find out more about Vinnies shops in Western Australia click here To find your local Vinnies click here Clothing & Furniture Depot Our Clothing & Furniture Depot is the main receival point for all materials donations and provides direct assistance to the community through the provision of materials goods. For assistance with furniture, clothing and household goods please call our Call Centre on 1300 794 054 weekdays 9:00am to 1:00pm. To find out more about our Clothing & Furniture Depot click here   , furniture, pick ups, clothing, donations

Vinnies Youth

General support, Vinnies Youth, Vinnies Youth is a Special Work of the St Vincent de Paul Society that targets the needs of young people aged 8 to 15 years with rewarding, safe and positive opportunities they may otherwise miss out on due to a variety of pressures upon their families. The program is coordinated by dedicated and inspiring volunteers who are passionate about social justice and want to make a real difference to the lives of others.  They work with children experiencing hardship to help them develop life skills and provide educational encouragement through the program. Referrals to our youth programs including Camps & Homework Centre are made through our Emergency Relief Home Visitations service.  To arrange a Home Visit please call our Call Centre on 1300 794 054 To find out more about our Youth Programs click here. , Camps, Buddy Days, Youth, Kids

Health & wellbeing

Anytime you hit a roadblock, Vinnies is here to help. We can be a source of support for general well-being no matter where you are at in your life, no matter what challenges you are facing.

Anytime you hit a roadblock, Vinnies is here to help. We can be a source of support for general well-being no matter where you are at in your life, no matter what challenges you are facing.

Mental Health Services - Vincentcare

Health & wellbeing, Mental Health Services - Vincentcare, Vincentcare works with people with a lived experience of severe and enduring mental illnesses to rebuild their lives through a recovery based program. The three-tier accommodation service offers high support, shared house and independent living options with support from a professional team of mental health and support staff. Vincentcare provides accommodation to 76 people living with a severe and enduring mental illness – many of whom also have experiences of homelessness. Vincentian Village offers high support to 28 consumers with 24hr staff cover. Shared houses offer medium support to 25 consumers in 6 houses with part-time and visiting staff support and Vincentcare’s Independent units offer low support to 14 consumers in self-contained units with visiting support as needed. To find out more about Vincentcare Mental Health Services, including contact details click here   , mental illness, accommodation, health, illness, support

Resettling in Australia

The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia.

The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia.

Refugee & Migrant Support

Resettling in Australia , Refugee & Migrant Support, The St Vincent de Paul Society has a long history of helping migrants and refugees. Catholic social teaching places a special onus on the St Vincent de Paul Society to help those who seek asylum, having fled war, persecution, injustice or intolerance. As a signatory to the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol relating to the status of refugees, Australia is obligated to welcome and offer on-going friendship to all asylum seekers. The Society support newly arrived refugees, asylum seekers and migrants through material support, friendship and advocacy. The Society has a number of programs in different states and territories that support refugee children and families as they settle into life in Australia. To find out more about the Refugee & Migrant Support Program in Western Australia, please click here. Contact us on (08) 9475 5400 or email info@svdpwa.org.au to learn more about resettling services in your area. , refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, support

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