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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 Please note: We will be closed between 3:00pm 24 December and 9:00am 2 January.   , 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, For bushfire assistance please click here 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

Thread Together Clothing Hub@Vinnies

General support, Thread Together Clothing Hub@Vinnies, The Thread Together Clothing Hub @ Vinnies is a joint venture between the St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn and Thread Together. Through arrangements with clothing manufacturers and fashion retailers, new and excess clothing are received and distributed via charity partners to people doing it tough. Providing brand new clothes contributes real value and dignity to the community and people in need. The Thread Together Clothing Hub, operating above the Vinnies shopfront in Phillip, supports people from a wide range of backgrounds and circumstances. The venue that serves as the clothing hub is also a place to take a break. The hub offers an opportunity for members of the local community to volunteer their time and make a difference in their community, build friendships and enjoy companionship.   To find out more contact: (02) 6234 7333   or  ThreadTogether@svdp-cg.org.au , clothing support

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  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 Young Parents Program , Homelessness; health concerns; drug and alcohol; employment education; training options; social exclusion; isolation

Mental Health Programs

Health & wellbeing, Mental Health Programs , Vinnies recognises that a leading cause of homelessness and isolation is mental illness. We have a number of programs designed to support people in various ways.  Compeer Friendship Program Community Inclusion Program   , 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 youth@svdp-cg.org.au or call (02) 6234 7321 St Joe's St Nick's Migrant and Refugee Program VINES   , 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.   To get in touch with our assistance line call 13 18 12 , 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 Rendu House, Campbelltown Rosalie House, Tamworth Contact us for more information about addiction services in your area.   To get in touch with our assistance line call 13 18 12 , substance abuse, addiction, drugs, New South Wales

Children and Young People

Children and Young People NSW

Children and Young People NSW

Children's activities

Children and Young People, 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.   To get in touch with our assistance line call 13 18 12 For more information on safeguarding children, continue to our Child-Safety Page  , disadvantanges; family violence; youth

Keeping Children Safe

Children and Young People, Keeping Children Safe, If you are a child or young person seeking help, you’ve come to the right place. Please call us (Vinnies) on 1800 478 776 or email child.protection@vinnies.org.au. This phone number and email address are only open on weekdays. If it’s after 4pm or a weekend, or you want to talk to someone outside Vinnies, you can call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800. These are both open 24/7. For more information on safeguarding children, continue to our Child-Safety Page  ,

Youth Services

Children and Young People, 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 Bowral Youth Refuge   To get in touch with our assistance line call 13 18 12 For more information on safeguarding children, continue to our Child-Safety Page  , youth reach, midnight basketball, teenagers, teen activities

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   To get in touch with our assistance line call 13 18 12 , disability services; disability; disability program; disability programs nsw; ndis; national disability scheme

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 delivering the NDIS Below you will find more information on disability services and programs operating in NSW. 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 Sydney Vinnies Disabilty Services   St Vincent de Paul services charge as per the current NDIS Price guide To get in touch with our assistance line call 13 18 12 , 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.

Disaster recovery assistance

Disaster recovery, Disaster recovery assistance, Please go here to find help if you are impacted by bushfires and/or drought. Vinnies supports people in communities across Australia every day, and we’re also on-hand to help during major emergencies such as the drought, bushfires and floods. Where a disaster occurs within Australia, our volunteers provide as much assistance as possible, as soon as possible. We provide food, clothing and furniture, as well as other material and financial assistance.  If you need assistance for disaster relief, please call 13 18 12 and select option 2. We gratefully welcome donations to our emergency appeals: Vinnies Bushfire Appeal Vinnies NSW Drought Appeal ,

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   Domestic Violence Rapid Response Eden House Accomodation Refuge Elsie Women’s Refuge   Killara Refuge  Macarthur Case Management Services Marian Centre   Marian Villa   Our Lady of the Way Pathways, Southern Highlands Rosalie House South Eastern Sydney Domestic Violence Response Enhancement  Vinchez Accomodation Refuge Vinnies Homeless Services Deniliquin   To get in touch with our assistance line call 13 18 12 For more information on safeguarding children, continue to our Child-Safety Page  , 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 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 Our Lady of the Way, Western Sydney Quamby Support Services, Albury Pathways (women and children escaping domestic violence) Pete's Place, Coffs Harbour 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 To get in touch with our assistance line call 13 18 12 , 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: NILS - No Interest Loans Scheme, NSW Broken Bay Financial Counselling Service, Brookvale Family Assistance Hotline, Western Sydney Louise House, Central Coast Metro South West Brokerage, Campbelltown To get in touch with our assistance line call 13 18 12 , 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 - Mount Druitt & Parramatta Night Patrol - Wollongong Brekky Van - Surry Hills Breakfast Club - Maitland Bishop Fox Memorial Centre - Broken Hill Illawarra Homeless Coorodination Services - Illawarra Region Vinnies Van and Café - Orange   To get in touch with our assistance line call 13 18 12 , 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 Lodge Holiday Flats, Woolgoolga Animation Project Blacktown Community Hub Community Support Centres - Various locations across Sydney Family Assistance Hotline, Parramatta and Blue Mountains Region Harris Park Community Hub Illawarra High School Support Program Illawarra Homelessness Coordination Services Louise House, Central Coast Mary MacKillop Lodge, North Haven Micah Hub, Wagga Wagga Penrith Community Hub Referral Centre, Newcastle Rosalie Rendu Neighbourhood Matters Southern Highlands Homelessness Services Holiday Flats Shoalhaven Vinnies Lodge Youth Reach, Brookvale   To get in touch with our assistance line call 13 18 12 ,

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.

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) Mary MacKillop Outreach (MMO), Inner West Sydney Mental Health Community Development Project, Central Coast Nagle Centre Family Care and Support, Campbelltown Ozanam Learning Centre, Woolloomooloo Rosalie Rendu Neighbourhood Matters   To get in touch with our assistance line call 13 18 12 For more information on safeguarding children, continue to our Child-Safety Page  ,

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: Asylum Seeker Program Migrant and Refugee Conference, Maitland/ Newcastle North Coast Settlement Services, Coffs Harbour and Lismore SPARK   To get in touch with our assistance line call 13 18 12 , asylum seekers; immigration; refugees; migrants; SPARK

Assistance for Seniors NT

Through the Commonwealth Home Support Program, we provide home care services in Darwin that assist seniors to live at home independently for longer. Our Society members and volunteers in the Territory provide companionship to the aged and vulnerable in our communities.

Through the Commonwealth Home Support Program, we provide home care services in Darwin that assist seniors to live at home independently for longer. Our Society members and volunteers in the Territory provide companionship to the aged and vulnerable in our communities.

Companionship

Assistance for Seniors NT, Companionship, Our history of good works is built on providing practical support, but also by extending the hand of friendship. Isolation is a common experience for the aging and disadvantaged in our community. You may be at home, in hospital or a nursing home, and having someone connect with you by phone or a visitation at these times of need can be helpful. Today, we have over 150 Conference members in the Territory and many more volunteers. Our dedicated members provide a compassionate listening ear to you in times of need. Our members are always happy to assist our companions. A member may visit or call if you are isolated or feeling lonely. For more information on our Conferences and contact details please click here. The Society also runs events or activities during the year that can provide you with the opportunity to socialise and spend time with others. For details of events visit our News page or Facebook page. For more information Call us on 08 8948 8100 or email admin@svdpnt.org.au ,

Home Care Services

Assistance for Seniors NT, Home Care Services, We provide Home and Garden Maintenance and Transport services in Darwin to make life a little easier as you age. These services are offered through the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP). About our CHSP services As the only approved provider in the Northern Territory to offer these valuable services, we understand how important it is for the elderly, or those who are vulnerable, to have someone they can trust when they are in need of help around their home, or need to get out and about. For general information on our Home and Garden Maintenance Service, or if you would like information on our Transport Service. Scroll down for information on eligibility and how to access these services. Assistance provided This service is avaliable to those of 65 years of age or older, or over 50 years of age if you are Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander. This service provides assistance to:  Seniors with low level needs for support to live independently Those recuperating after an injury, illness or hospitalisation. Subsidised services The government subsidises these services, but they are only part-funded, which is why we ask you to pay a small contribution towards each service you use If you cannot make the contribution towards your care, please call us and talk through any concerns. How to apply for these services To apply for this or any government funded aged care service you must be registered with My Aged Care. You can register by using the My Aged Care portal or calling 1800 200 422. If you are already approved for the Commonwealth Home Support Program, you can contact the St Vincent de Paul Society Northern Territory on 08 8948 8100 to access services you are approved to receive. If you are not yet registered for services, then you must take the following steps. Step 1: Register with My Aged Care You can do this by phone 1800 200 422 Or visit myagedcare.gov.au This generally takes 15-20 minutes. You will be asked a number of questions including: Your Medicare details (have your card ready) Identity check (100 points) The care needs and health concerns you may have Any medical assessments and service referrals you currently have Any aged care services you already receive How you are managing around the house Any safety or health concerns you have around the house Any other questions that will help assess the support you may need. Someone can contact My Aged Care on your behalf, but you need to give your consent for them to do so. There are also interpreters available to assist you. Once your details are registered with My Aged Care you will be assessed by the Regional Assessment Service to determine your level of need and the services you require. Step 2: Assessment of your needs For low level support needs, a face to face assessment will be conducted in your home by an assessor from the Regional Assessment Service. The assessor will ask you about your day to day activities, needs and preferences You will discuss or show what you can do well, what you need some help with, and what you want to be able to do. Step 3: Approval for services Once you are approved for Commonwealth Home Support Program services your assessor will agree a home support plan with you. The Regional Assessment Service will then refer you to our organisation and we will contact you directly to make arrangements. Step 4: Organising your services When we call you to arrange your service, we will discuss a couple of things including: The services you will receive Our service costs and staff Payment arrangements. You will also receive a copy of the charter of Aged Care Rights and Responsibilities. Step 5: Managing your services We will invoice you as agreed after each service Payment of services can be via direct debit, Webdosh payment app, or in person Your service arrangements will be reviewed annually If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us on 08 8948 8100 or email  nt.chsp@svdpnt.org.au ,

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.

Drought Relief

Disaster recovery, Drought Relief, Many of us have been impacted by years of drought. If you’re a farmer, farm worker, or a farm supplier or contractor, you could be eligible for a payment of up to $3,000 under the Federal Government’s Drought Community Support Initiative. The Central Desert and Barkly areas are eligible for funding under this program. The St Vincent de Paul Society Northern Territory is helping with distribute funds for the Central Desert region and is encouraging you to apply now. Apply here now If you are in the Barkly region please contact The Salvation Army who is helping with distributing funds for this region. ,

Emergency Relief NT

Over 20,000 Territorians annually, experience hardship as a result of life’s challenges. Whether caused by an unexpected event or an issue that has built over time, everyone has the right to a helping hand. One of our longest running services, Emergency Relief, helps those in need at these times of crisis.

Over 20,000 Territorians annually, experience hardship as a result of life’s challenges. Whether caused by an unexpected event or an issue that has built over time, everyone has the right to a helping hand. One of our longest running services, Emergency Relief, helps those in need at these times of crisis.

Emergency Relief

Emergency Relief NT, Emergency Relief, A compassionate and non-judgemental ear can make a world of difference at difficult times. Our team will first listen to understand your situation and then provide you with the support you need most. Through our Emergency Relief service, we can assist you with access to essentials at times of crisis and refer you to support agencies who can provide the specialist assistance you may need. Scroll down for general information on our service. For details about our service across Alice Springs and Darwin. Eligibility Available to people in need of all ages. You need to have identification. There is a maximum of 3 visits per year to our Emergency Relief service. If you have already used our service 3 times in a year, and are in need, please contact us regardless and we will see how we can assist. Type of assistance Vouchers for use at supermarkets to purchase groceries Vouchers for clothing and household goods from our Vinnies stores Advocate on your behalf if you find yourself unable to pay a utility or phone bill Referrals to other specialist support services in the community, such as Emergency Accommodation, Financial Counselling Spiritual counselling provided by our Conference members While our team are not professional counsellors, they are always happy to listen. Call the Emergency Relief service and make an appointment When you call, you will be asked some questions, such as: Your name and date of birth Details of your situation What help you need. Our team member will then explain how we can assist and will make arrangements to complete the steps for you to get the help you need. Bring these documents to your appointment When visiting an Emergency Relief centre please make sure to bring these documents, otherwise we may not be able to assist you on the day. Your most recent Centrelink income statement A form of formal identification, such as a Licence, 18+ Card, Pension Card or Medicare card. For more information Call us on 08 8948 8100 or email admin@svdpnt.org.au. Other support Our history of good works is built on providing practical support, but also by extending the hand of friendship. If you are feeling isolated or lonely, a local member of the Society may assist with a caring chat over the phone or a visit. To contact your nearest Conference and local Society member please click here. ,

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. ,

Homeless Services NT

Our homeless services provide more than just a meal, shower, clean clothes, support services, they provide a place for community. In Darwin, our centre also provides a program of activities that provide enrichment for those who visit and choose to get involved.

Our homeless services provide more than just a meal, shower, clean clothes, support services, they provide a place for community. In Darwin, our centre also provides a program of activities that provide enrichment for those who visit and choose to get involved.

Homeless Services

Homeless Services NT, Homeless Services, Our homeless services operate from Ozanam House located at 2 Westralia Street, Stuart Park. This site is 2.5 kilometres from Darwin CBD or a 30 minute walk from the Cavenagh Street Central Bus Depot. Scroll down this page for general information on how to access these services. For detailed information on our services at Ozanam House Darwin. Type of assistance Meals served on site Showers and toilets. Fresh towels, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and shavers are provided Laundry service Day beds Blankets Visiting specialist support clinics Activities program Referrals to other community supports. How to access this service Call 08 8981 4374 for details of opening hours or click on Ozanam House Darwin The first time you visit, you will need to provide identification, so please have it handy. ,

Housing Services NT

With the highest rate of homelessness in Australia, we have made it our mission in the NT to assist the poor and disadvantaged. We work with government and non-government agencies to assist people to transition from homelessness into more stable housing.

With the highest rate of homelessness in Australia, we have made it our mission in the NT to assist the poor and disadvantaged. We work with government and non-government agencies to assist people to transition from homelessness into more stable housing.

Housing Services

Housing Services NT, Housing Services, If you are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, having a stable place to live is an important first step to address the challenges that may have contributed to your situation. At the St Vincent de Paul Society Northern Territory, we offer housing for individuals, couples and families. While some of our accommodation may not meet your needs or you may not be eligible, we will still assist by referring you to other local housing services or support agencies. Scroll down this page for general information on how to access our housing services. Further information is available on our Housing Services in Darwin and Housing Services in Katherine. Type of assistance Supported accommodation. 6 - 18 month tenancies with case management support Transitional housing. Medium term tenancies up to 24 months Community housing. Medium to longer term tenancies Referrals to other housing providers. Step 1: Referral to our service If you are currently receiving assistance from a support services agency, please talk to your case worker who can arrange a referral If you are not working with a support agency, you can contact us and enquire directly. Step 2: Submit a referral or application If you are eligible for housing with our service, you will need to complete and submit a referral form. Your support worker can assist you with completing this step If you are not engaged with a support agency, contact us directly on 08 8948 8100 and we can assist you with completing a referral over the phone. Step 3: Secure a tenancy Once we have received your referral form, we will contact you to let you know if we have any properties available or not. Unfortunately, vacancies may not always be available If we have properties available, we will complete an assessment with you to understand what support you require and what goals you may have while you are in our housing. Please have your Centrelink Reference number handy and preferably a form of photo identity Our housing team will arrange to meet you to view the property and answer any of your questions regarding the tenancy. They will explain details such as rent, any bond that is applicable, length of tenancy and any tenancy agreement or house rules that you will be asked to sign and abide by during your stay Once you have completed the paperwork and paid any bond, or rent in advance, you will be provided with keys to the property. Once you have keys you can move in. Step 4: Maintain a tenancy We encourage all our tenants to follow the agreements for living in the property. These are outlined in the house rules or your tenancy agreement, whichever applies Please pay your rent and look after the property Be a good neighbour and be responsible for any damages that may be caused to the property by you or your visitors Our housing are ‘dry’ sites (alcohol restricted) Get involved. We provide opportunities for you to benefit from more than just a roof over your head. Our team will inform you of activities or programs that can make your housing experience more enriching Gain living skills and experience that may support you to sustain a longer term tenancy in future housing While in our housing, take action to secure longer term housing. , disadvantages; including substance misuse; mental illness; disability; family violence; discrimination and social isolation; Homelessness;

Helpline QLD

Brisbane
Tel: 1800 846 643

Brisbane
Tel: 1800 846 643

Helpline Queensland

Helpline QLD, Helpline Queensland, To request support or assistance, call 1800 VINNIES (1800 846 643) and enter your postcode to be directed to your nearest Helpline. , 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 Maintenance and Modification Program - HMMP

Aged care, Home Maintenance and Modification Program - HMMP, Want to find out if we have the Home Maintenance and Modification Program (HMMP) in your area? Head to the Vinnies Queensland portal to find services in your local area. ___________________ What is the Home Maintenance and Modification Program? HMMP is jointly funded by the Commonwealth Government under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and the Queensland Government under the Queensland Community Care Program (QCC). CHSP is an entry level home help program for older people (over 65) who need some help with daily tasks to live independently at home. Whereas QCC provides basic support (usually one to five hours per week) to people (under 65) with a disability or condition that restricts their day-to-day living. HMMP offers a wide range of services which are carried out by qualified external contractors all of whom have been criminal history screened. Who can access the Home Maintenance and Modification Program‚Äč? Client eligibility is determined by the funding bodies. Clients over 65 should be assessed by My Aged Care (1800 200 422) and clients under 65 should be assessed by Community Access Point (1800 600 300). Once a client is deemed eligible for the service a referral will be sent to HMMP for action. What is covered under the Home Maintenance and Modification Program‚Äč? Home Modifications Simple/Minor - installation of grab/modular rails, ramps and wedges, bed/chair raisers Complex/Major – bathroom conversation, large ramps. Home Maintenance Minor electrical - light switch, power point, ceiling fan repair/replacement Minor plumbing - dripping tap, leaking pipe, leaking toilet repairs Handyman services – light bulb replacement, smoke alarm repair/replacement/installation (installation not applicable for hard wired), installation/replacement of door locks (including deadbolt), fixing/replacing door hinges, re-meshing fly screens (no security screens). Cleaning Gutters Ceiling fan/aircon Windows (external, low set only) Rubbish removal. Garden Maintenance Lawn mowing Yard tidy. Where is the Home Maintenance and Modification Program located? This service is provided in the Gold Coast, West Moreton, South Brisbane, Redlands and Roma areas. To see if the program is available in your suburb click here. How can I find out more? To find out more about the Society's home modification program, please contact the program on (07) 5561 4701 or email HACC.GC@svdpqld.org.au ___________________ Queensland Helplines For a full list of our QLD Helpline Services please click here , Seniors, elderly, queensland, home modification and maintenance program, home help, maintenance

Services for seniors

Aged care, Services for seniors, 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. ___________________ Queensland Helplines For a full list of our QLD Helpline Services please 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

Community Services

Accommodation For Homeless Families

Community Services, Accommodation For Homeless Families, If you are a family that doesn’t have a home in Toowoomba, Dalby, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Cairns or Townsville, we can help you with accommodation and support to find permanent accommodation. Learn more about this service here: Accommodation For Homeless Families , accommodation, families, support, homeless, queensland

Accommodation For Homeless Singles and Couples

Community Services, Accommodation For Homeless Singles and Couples, If you, or you and partner, don’t have a home and usually reside in the Ipswich region, we can help you with accommodation and support to find permanent accommodation. Learn more about this service here: Accommodation For Homeless Singles and Couples , accommodation, support, single, couples, queensland

Establishing A Successful Tenancy

Community Services, Establishing A Successful Tenancy, Every day we help single people and families deal with issues with their tenancy in rentals, boarding houses, government housing and share houses. Learn more about this service here: Establishing A Successful Tenancy , tenancy, rentals, boarding houses, government housing, share houses

Goodna Integrated Family Support

Community Services, Goodna Integrated Family Support, We provide early intervention support to families with children that attend the Goodna State School, Goodna Pre-School, or Goodna Special School. Learn more about this service here: Goodna Integrated Family Support , intervention, families, children, preschool, special school, goodna

Men's Hostels

Community Services, Men's Hostels, We operate eight hostels throughout Queensland that provide short term accommodation and support to get your life back on track. Learn more about this service here: Men's Hostels , hostels, short term, accommodation, support

Rehabilitation - Drug & Alcohol

Community Services, Rehabilitation - Drug & Alcohol, If you’re aged over 18 years and would like help to recover from problems with alcohol or drugs, we can help with a live-in detox program and six live-in recovery services. Learn more about this service here: Rehabilitation - Drug and Alcohol , drug, alcohol, rehabilitation centres, recovery, detox

The Bush Connection

Community Services, The Bush Connection, If you live in the Toowoomba area and are finding it difficult to maintain your farm or manage your finances The Bush Connection can help Learn more about this service here: The Bush Connection , farmers, toowoomba, the bush connection, finances

Women's Refuges

Community Services, Women's Refuges, We have four refuges located around Queensland for use by women and their children who are unable to stay at home because of domestic or family violence. Our refuges are safe places and we offer individualised support plans to empower you and your children to lead a life free of violence. Learn more about this service here: Women's Refuges , women, refuges, accommodation, support, safe place

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 , Want to find out if we have disability services and supports in your area? Head to the Vinnies Queensland portal to find services in your local area. 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 Disability Service Manager 07 4699 5222 4 Julia Street, Toowoomba Qld 4350 ___________________ Queensland Helplines For a full list of our QLD Helpline Services please click here ,

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 by 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. Vinnies works with local communities to rebuild lives following natural disasters.  In NSW and Qld we are currently helping rural families with the effects of drought.   If you or your family needs help please call: 1800VINNIES or 1800 846 643   ___________________ Queensland Helplines For a full list of our QLD Helpline Services please 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. ___________________ Queensland Helplines For a full list of our QLD Helpline Services please click here   , Women's Shelter; Young Parents; Family; case management; Centrelink Assistance; Housing; immigration assistance; Recreational activities

Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction - Gillies House

Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Drug and alcohol addiction - Gillies House, What is Gillies House? Gillies House is a post withdrawal / rehabilitation, recovery based program for men with a history of alcohol and other drug dependence. The program is three to six months in duration and the men who attend GH have chosen abstinence from alcohol and other drug use as their goal. This service has assisted men successful integration into society following addiction for 40 years. Who can access it? Males aged over 18 years who have completed a withdrawal and / or rehabilitation program and want to remain abstinent from alcohol and other drugs. They must be able to participate in employment or study. What are the benefits? The aims of the program are to provide a safe environment that enables participants to rebuild their lives following addiction using a variety of evidence based interventions. Clients are supported to acquire skills that will enhance their ability to live successfully within the community, in a program that is committed to continual quality improvement. Gillies House operates within a holistic case management framework that includes psychosocial, legal, health, employment, relationships, general wellbeing and relapse prevention. Contact Gillies House 21 Kingford Street, Auchenflower, Qld 4066; (07) 3876 7329; gillies.house@svdpqld.org.au; or www.vinnies.org.au , Gillies House; Men's addiction; addiction; drug addiction; drug dependence; alcohol dependence; rehabilitation; recovery program; drug withdrawal; alcohol withdrawal; abstinent; adstinence

Education and Employment

Community Voices

Education and Employment, Community Voices, Community Voices is a community choir in Logan that aims to improve the social connections and wellbeing of young people, migrants and refugees who are unemployed and may be on income support. Choir rehearsals are held weekly, with quarterly performances scheduled throughout the year. The choir aims to recruit 100 people, including community members who are interested in singing and helping in whatever capacity they can. A Vinnies support worker is available to offer wrap around support and referrals for participants to address barriers to employment (i.e. emergency relief, housing/homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, disability, mental health, family matters, legal matters, etc). The program will be delivered in partnership with Creativity Australia and WISE Employment, and is supported by the Try, Test and Learn Fund – an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Social Services. For further details or to register your interest in participating in the program, please contact the Program Coordinator Paula Herlihen at Paula.herlihen@svdpqld.org.au. , Community Voices; Community choir

Education and Employment

Education and Employment, Education and Employment, St Vincent de Paul Society offers a variety of education and employment pathways to those who have faced barriers to learning. The following programs help empower people who are marginalised, disadvantaged or isolated to have the opportunity to re-engage in education and gain a qualification and a job. Toowoomba Scholarship Program The Toowoomba Scholarship Program has been established to assist residents of the Toowoomba Region to participate in training or education. The award will provide up to $1500 for education expenses, as well as academic and social support during study. Learn more about this service here: Toowoomba Scholarship Program Learning Partners Learning Partners for the Toowoomba Scholarship Program provide a critical mentoring role to program participants. By supporting and encouraging scholarship recipients, Learning Partners can help build students’ confidence, self-esteem and self-reliance, as well as helping them to participate in their chosen education program. Learn more about how to become a learning partner here: Volunteer As A Learning Partner! 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 study course in the Humanities field (four subjects over four semesters) with the Australian Catholic University (ACU) where on completion they will obtain a university certificate which can be used towards further study. Learn more about this service here: Clemente Skilling Queenslanders for Work Skilling Queenslanders for Work delivers accredited courses in a supported learning environment where participants can access individual support tailored to their learning needs. Support includes classroom assistance to complete the qualification, real world work placements, combined with job readiness and assistance in entering employment beyond course completion. Learn more about this service here: Skilling Queenslanders for Work Vinnies Pathway to Working in Retail (Cairns) After a successful delivery of this program in Cairns in 2018, we have been funded again to deliver the Certificate II in Retail Operations in 2019.  This program will help you develop the confidence and skills to work in front line retail.  On the job training at a Vinnies store and work experience with a Retail employer, plus individualised support will help you get job ready! Learn more about this service here: Vinnies Pathway to Working in Retail Vinnies Pathway to Laboratory Skills (Annerley) We are excited to announce that this program will return to the Southern suburbs of Brisbane in April 2019!  In partnership with a registered training organisation we are offering 15 participants the opportunity to do a Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement and gain valuable work experience with an industry employer. Learn more about this service here: Vinnies Pathway to Laboratory Skills (Annerley) In late 2018, Vinnies celebrated the graduation of 10 participants from the Brisbane Pathway to Laboratory Skills program who completed a Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement. This was marked with a small ceremony in Brisbane attended by local MPs, students and their family and friends. We wish the students all the best in their future employment and education journey.   Our training model combines weekly face to face training sessions with a Registered Training Organisation, one-on-one support with a Case Worker as well as hard copy resources. Course duration depends upon the qualification undertaken and can range from 12 weeks up to 28 weeks with an average of three contact days per week. This training is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. For more information about this, please see www.training.qld.gov.au/community-orgs/funded/sqw Through the support of the Queensland State Government, we are able to offer the program at no cost to eligible participants. Are you interested in undertaking accredited training with us and want to know if you are eligible? Contact 07 3010 1083 or email education@svdpqld.org.au to register an expression of interest. To find out more about Education Services, including volunteering and sponsoring opportunities, please email education@svdpqld.org.au. , Education and Employment 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.

Cornerstone

Emergency housing & homelessness support, Cornerstone, What is Cornerstone? Cornerstone supports people who are marginalised, homeless or at risk of homelessness. The service is based on early intervention and prevention, operating a housing first approach where this can be achieved. This transitions a person or household, wherever possible, from homelessness into immediate stable housing solutions. In other circumstances we may source short/long term housing and provide the necessary support to sustain the tenancy.   What services does Cornerstone provided? Support workers connect with eligible people to identify their needs. They can help find ways to remove barriers preventing sustainable independent housing. They do this by providing or referring to local community organisations for the following services: access to accommodation (including crisis) employment services mental health support referrals to drug and alcohol services budgeting and more. The length of support we provide depends on the individual’s needs.   Who can access Cornerstone? To be eligible for the service you must be over 18, homeless (couch surfing/sleeping rough/transitioning) or at risk of homelessness.   How can I find out more? Office hours:   Address:  Phone:  Program Coordinator:   Email:  http://qld.vinnies.org.au/services/housing/specialist-homelessness-services , Homelessness Support Services; Cornerstone

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 ___________________ Queensland Helplines For a full list of our QLD Helpline Services please click here , 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. ___________________ Queensland Helplines For a full list of our QLD Helpline Services please click here   , accommodation, homeless, crisis, Queensland, shelters

Youth homelessness support

Emergency housing & homelessness support, Youth homelessness support, What is Youth Homelessness Support? Youth Homelessness Support supports young people who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness to find safe and secure independent living.   What services does Youth Homelessness Support provide?  Support workers connect with eligible young people to identify their needs. They can help find ways to remove barriers preventing sustainable independent housing. They do this by providing services or referring to local community organisations for: access to crisis accommodation employment services mental health support budgeting and more. The length of support we provide depends on the individual’s needs.   Who can access Youth Homelessness Support? To be eligible for the service you must be: aged 16-25 homeless (couch surfing/sleeping rough/transitioning) or at risk of homelessness.   How can I find out more? Office hours:   Address:  Phone:  Program Coordinator:   Email:  , Youth Homelessness Support; Crisis housing

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. ___________________ Queensland Helplines For a full list of our QLD Helpline Services please click here   , No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS)

No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS)

Finances, 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, Want to find out if StepUP loans are available in your area? Head to the Vinnies Queensland portal to find services in your local area. What is a StepUP Loan? A StepUP Loan is a low interest, unsecured personal loan offered in partnership by National Australia Bank and Good Shepherd Microfinance and is facilitated through the Society across Queensland. The StepUP Loan program provides safe and affordable credit to people who are on low incomes to enable the purchase of essential goods and services such as ; buy/repair motor vehicle; household furniture and white goods; computer equipment; funeral expenses and medical or educational expenses. Who can access them? 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 or Veterans Card. 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 are they offered? This service is offered state-wide. All enquiries are made through our Brisbane or Gold Coast offices. What are the benefits? 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 to minimise financial exclusion. Can I volunteer for StepUp Loans? No, Volunteers are not needed for this service. How can I find out more? Contact one of our StepUP Loan Officers - email stepup@svdpqld.org.au or visit: http://stepuploan.org.au/  , 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. ___________________ Queensland Helplines For a full list of our QLD Helpline Services please 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. For more information about the Queensland Helpline Services click here ___________________ Queensland Helplines For a full list of our QLD Helpline Services please 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. ___________________ Queensland Helplines For a full list of our QLD Helpline Services please 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. ___________________ Queensland Helplines For a full list of our QLD Helpline Services please click here   ,

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 - MAS

Resettling in Australia , Migration Advice Service - MAS, Want to find a local contact to get migration advice in your area? Head to the Vinnies Queensland portal to find services in your local area. What is the Migration Advice Service? This service offers free visa advice by the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland to resident areas across Queensland.  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 but flexible basis, depending on your personal circumstances. 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.   Where is the Migration Advice Service located? The service is available across Queensland. Face-to-face clinics are held on the Gold Coast, Logan and Brisbane. Regional interviews are conducted over the phone and can be supported by our local members and partnering community organisations.  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? To find out more information or book an appointment, call 5561 4704 between 8.00am - 4.00pm, Monday - Friday (except on public holidays) or email info.mas@svdpqld.org.au. ___________ All MAS Migration Agents are bound by a commitment to the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) Code of Conduct. For more information click here  , 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 For a full list of our QLD Helpline Services please 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 For a full list of our QLD Helpline Services please 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. ___________________ Queensland Helplines For a full list of our QLD Helpline Services please click here , 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 community's 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 Anyone requiring SA Bushfire support should call 1300 729 202 or 08 8112 8700 and ask for the Bushfire Assistance Group. ,

Drought Relief for eligible SA Residents

Disaster recovery, Drought Relief for eligible SA Residents , Vinnies and the Salvation Army are delivering the Australian Government's Drought Community Support Initiative Round 2 (DCSI), which sees eligible households in farming communities receive up to $3,000 to assist with household expenses and day to day items. Distribution of the funds has been divided between Vinnies and the Salvation Army - to find out if you live in an eligble LGA and which organisation is responsible for delivering to your area, click HERE. Applications to Vinnies may be made at www.vinnies.org.au/droughthelp   , drought relief sa

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, advocacy and/or holistic support for each client. Learn more about Vinnies housing support in your area: Vinnies Men's Crisis Centre Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre Amelie Housing (formerly known as 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

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.

Bushfire Assistance

Disaster recovery, Bushfire Assistance, We can help, call 13 18 12! If you have been affected by the bushfires and need assistance, please call Vinnies Victoria on 13 18 12. Vinnies can help with essentials like clothing, food, emergency shelter, back-to-school costs, and paying for livestock feed and tools. Our members and volunteers live in bushfire-affected communities, and will be there for the long road ahead as we rebuild and recover after the fires.     ,

Bushfire Education Scholarships

Disaster recovery, Bushfire Education Scholarships , The St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria (Vinnies Victoria) feels deeply for the communities impacted by the devastation of the 2019-2020 summer bushfires. We share our condolences for the grief caused by loss of property, land, livestock and, most devastatingly, the loss of loved ones. For students, we can only imagine how challenging studying in 2020 has been. With the added complexity of COVID-19, remaining connected and engaged in education, social networks and extracurricular activities has been made even harder in a time when they are needed most. That’s why – together with our funding partners, the Jewish community of Victoria – Vinnies Victoria is delighted to announce the launch of its Bushfire Education Scholarships. The purpose of the scholarships is to incentivise and support students to remain engaged in their learning. After facing adversity, such as the bushfires, financial distress should not be the reason that students are unable to pursue their future aspirations through further education. Scholarship details: $8,000 per applicant, distributed in 2 x $4,000 payments per semester A commitment to spending this scholarship for the purpose of remaining engaged in education* Eligibility: Be a graduating secondary school student in 2020 Have been impacted as a result of the 2019-2020 summer bushfires Receive successful admission into tertiary education for 2021 study (upon enrolment, successful applicants will receive scholarships funds) How to apply: Read our terms and conditions (includes information about deferrals and commitment to enrolment) Apply online or download a PDF application HERE to return via email Apply before 30 September 2020 For all scholarship enquiries, please email bushfirehelp@svdp-vic.org.au or to promote this program in your local community or school, click here to download the poster.  *Please read terms and conditions for further details.     , bushfire, scholarship, education

COVID-19

Disaster recovery, COVID-19, As the COVID-19 situation continues to intensify here in Victoria, the St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria (Vinnies Victoria) has been closely monitoring the situation by tracking advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the Commonwealth and the State Government.  Important resources: Australian Government, Department of Health - COVID-19 World Health Organisation - COVID-19 ‚Äč‚ÄčCOVID-19 Identifying the symptoms‚Äč As it has since its inception in Australia in 1854, Vinnies remains committed to its mission of assisting the most vulnerable within our communities during this challenging time.  To see service updates please click here ,

Drought Assistance

Disaster recovery, Drought Assistance, Drought: We are with you As the devastating drought continues, Vinnies are doing what we have always done – providing a hand up to people in need. If you are a farmer, farm worker or farm supplier/contractor who is doing it tough because of the drought you may be entitled to receive a one-off payment of $3,000 funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Community Support Initiative Round 2 (DCSI). You need to be over 18 years of age, be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and live or work in an eligible Local Government Area (LGA).  Vinnies and the Salvation Army are delivering the DCSI, and the eligible LGAs have been divided between the two organisations. You can find out which organisation is providing assistance in your LGA by clicking here.  You can find out more about the DCSI and other Vinnies drought assistance by checking out our Frequently Asked Questions page. For more information on using a Statutory Declaration to support your drought funding application, click here. If you would like to support communities affected by the drought you can make a donation to the Vinnies Drought Appeal. For advice and more information on applications, call 1300 846 643.     ,

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. ,

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

Vinnies NILS

Finances, Vinnies NILS, ‚Äč‚ÄčFor many people on low incomes, paying for essential goods and services is a struggle, and the effects of going without can be huge. Without a fridge you can’t store fresh food, without a computer kids can be left behind at school, and if you can’t afford the pre-apprenticeship course, education can stall before it even begins. The No Interest Loan Scheme offers people on low incomes safe, fair and affordable loans for fridges, washing machines and furniture, as well as education and medical expenses. Loans of between $300 and $1,200. NILS also provides a safe and affordable alternative to the high cost finance options such as payday loans or ‘rent to buy’, products which promise ‘fast cash’ but often compound a person’s financial situation. To be eligible for NILS you must have a healthcare or pension card, earn under $45,000, have lived in your current residence for three months, and have a willingness and capacity to repay the loan. There are no credit checks. NILS is a leading example of Circular Community Credit. When a borrower makes a repayment, those funds then become available to someone else in the community. Clients recognise that repaying their loan means someone else is given the same opportunity they were – consequently, the repayment rate is constantly 95 to 97 per cent. The St Vincent de Pa‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äčul Society Victoria operates several No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) in Hobsons Bay, Geelong and Ballarat. The NILs makes small loans to low income earners, offering low repayments for the purchase of essential electrical white goods, such as refrigerators, washing machines, or televisions. The program is designed to help those who would have difficulty in obtaining finances for these critical items via traditional means. For more information click here ,

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.

Vinnies Soup Vans

Food, Vinnies Soup Vans, The primary aim of the Vinnies Soup Van Program is to offer food, social connection, and referral pathways out of homelessness and poverty, to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness and disadvantage. The Soup Van Program operates within the Mission, Vision and inspired Values of the St Vincent de Paul Society.    The Vinnies Soup Van Program is supported by over 1,300 dedicated volunteers grouped into teams and headed by a Soup Van President for each Soup Van Operation. Over 250,000 meals are served annually by the volunteers, with the Soup Van Program operating 365 days a year, rain, hail or shine! The Soup Van volunteers head out on the run to provide soup, sandwiches, fruit and other food and drinks at public locations advertised on our website, boarding/rooming houses, crisis accommodations, social housing and other residential locations.    As a volunteer, there are many aspects for you to get involved in, including: Preparing delicious meals in a kitchen  Distributing food on the run For more information on our food services, or to learn how to support the service or get involved as a volunteer, click on the relevant link below.  Want to learn more about our Soup Van service, click here to view A night on the Soup Vans or hear the personal experiences of our longest serving Vannie, Frank Mullins.   RESOURCES     ,

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, At the St Vincent de Paul Society we believe that education equals opportunity. We recognise the importance of education on a person’s future and are committed to impacting long-term improvement by providing education support to people in need. Our education programs promote learning, opportunity, compassion, diversity and commitment. We aim to create learning spaces that are safe and fun in order to promote the social, emotional and academic confidence of the young people who attend. Click here to learn more about the services and programs the Society offers in Victoria: Dandenong Education Program Heidelberg West Education Program    , 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. ,

Prison Visitation

General support, Prison Visitation, We are here to listen The St Vincent de Paul Society operates the Visitor Information Service in the visitor waiting area here at the Metropolitan Remand Centre.  We maintain information on government departments and other organisations that provide services to prisoners and their families. We are not counsellors but provide up-to-date information on where you can go for help.  The service is here to help ease the stress and anxiety of people visiting inmates. Come and talk to us if you are: Visiting for the first time; Feeling anxious, nervous or unsure what to do; Need someone to talk too; Need help finding where to access specialist services that provide assistance and support to prisoners and their families. The St Vincent de Paul Society also provides material assistance to families.  If you need help with food, clothing, furniture or other material assistance, please contact us 10am-3pm, Monday to Friday on: 1800 305 330 ,

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 ,

Welfare Assistance Line

General support, Welfare Assistance Line, Welfare Assistance Line | Free Call: 1800 305 330 (Victoria only) St Vincent de Paul Society volunteers are committed to providing people with access to the resources and support they need to overcome personal hardship. Our service is run entirely by volunteers and funded through the generosity of donations from our local community. If you require assistance, please phone our Welfare Assistance Line on: Free Call 1800 305 330    Monday to Friday, 10:00am - 3:00pm, except for public holidays This service is free and confidential. , welfare, assistance, free call

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, 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.

Drought Community Support Initiative

Disaster recovery, Drought Community Support Initiative, As the devastating drought continues, Vinnies is here to help farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers/contractors. You may be eligible to receive a one-off payment if you are experiencing hardship and your area is officially drought declared. Learn more ,

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, Passages was established as a result of the growing rate of youth homelessness in Western Australia and the need for a unique specialist engagement service. Passages is a youth engagement hub providing a non-judgemental safe space to our communities most marginalised and at risk young people in Perth and Peel. Young people aged 12 to 25 years have a safe, friendly and positive place to access support and referrals to essential services. Please click here to find out more. , housing, accommodation, homelessness, homeless youth, drop in centre

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

Financial Counselling

Finances, Financial Counselling, Vinnies financial counsellors are qualified professionals who offer independent financial advice and advocacy for people in financial difficulty. Our counsellors work with clients to achieve positive financial outcomes, helping them to build their own capacity to avert financial crisis and reduce stress. They use tools such as money plans and a creditors list to work with clients to gain a clearer picture of their financial situation, then assist them to make their own choices about the best way to resolve their financial problems. Putting people in touch with a financial counsellor quickly is the key to preventing a crisis escalating and Vinnies provides this service through face to face interview with clients. We have financial counsellors in four locations, the Perth CBD, Canning Vale, Rockingham, Mandurah and Busselton/Bunbury area. Our qualified financial counsellors can assist with queries and information including: Understanding your financial situation and taking control Strategies and options for dealing with financial difficulties Budgeting and practical steps to relieve financial stress Understanding your rights and responsibilities Negotiating with creditors The debt recovery process and the court system in relation to debt collection How the law can protect you in difficult financial times Bankruptcy information Referral to other specialised and appropriate services For Financial Counselling, call 08 6323 7500 or email info@svdpwa.org.au Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm This is a free and confidential service arranged by appointment only. For the National Debt Helpline, call 1800 007 007 Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4:30pm ,

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 Assistance

General support, Emergency Assistance, For Emergency Assistance, call 1300 794 054 Monday to Friday 9:00am to 1:00pm When times are hard, we are here. Are you experiencing significant difficulties in meeting living expenses such as paying bills and having sufficient food and/or feeling socially isolated? Our volunteer members respond to calls for assistance from people in need in their local community either through attendance at a Vinnies Support Centre or visiting people in their homes. We try to find the most appropriate response to meet your needs. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might include 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 you have an expressed a need for our assistance. We’re aware of the immense privilege it is to be invited into someone’s home and we are one of only a few Australian charities to carry out such visits. The visits are informal and our volunteer members are very sensitive to your situation and if you wish we can accompany you on your journey to move forward. If you require assistance in the Perth Metropolitan area please call our Call Centre on 1300 794 054 weekdays 9:00am to 1:00pm. Regional areas have individual support numbers to assist people in need in their local area. Please click here to view the support numbers. , disaster, floods, fires, support

Vinnies Services and Programs

General support, Vinnies Services and Programs, Vinnies services and programs are more vital than ever for vulnerable Western Australians. Whether it is through emotional support, financial advice, help with food, clothing and furniture or through advocacy, members walk alongside our clients every step of the way. In addition to our emergency assistance, Vinnies delivers a range of highly specialised services and programs focussed on improving the lives of thousands of Western Australians. These include a recovery focused mental health service, homelessness services that removes barriers and build pathways for the most vulnerable people in our community, housing services, programs for young people, financial counselling and our retail and distribution centre operations. Please view our services here. ,