Partnering with the

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW

The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, fondly known as Vinnies, has been giving a ‘hand up’ to Australians experiencing poverty, homelessness and disadvantage for 165 years.

We deliver world-class community services, advocate for marginalised members of our community and work to shape a more just and compassionate society.

This work is only possible with the help of generous supporters and philanthropic partners who are deeply committed to our vision of helping Australians most in need.

Like you, we want to change the future for Australians living in disadvantage.

Sadly, more people face disadvantage every day. Vinnies’ response is proactive, supportive and non-judgmental, helping people identify goals and assisting them to achieve greater stability, resilience and independence.


Together, we can make an impact

There is much work to be done. A philanthropic investment from you is a true partnership for good. Together we can create real, lasting change, both now and for future generations.

Here are a few ways in which partnering with Vinnies NSW can help people living in disadvantage:


Domestic Violence

Community Development

Emergency Response

For a comprehensive overview of our work, please refer to our latest annual reports.


We’d love for you to be part of a 165-year-old tradition
of helping Australians in need

Your philanthropic partnership with Vinnies NSW will help to change lives. Together, we can make a deep impact on Australian society and pave the way for a better future.

With a dedicated network of more than 14,000 members and volunteers embedded in 420 communities across NSW, our footprint is unrivalled.

Tens of thousands of Australians are cared for each day - but we cannot do this without you.

The support of caring partners like you is vital in providing food, clothing, household items, emotional support and financial assistance, as well as professional support services including crisis accommodation, food vans and community centres for people in need.

You can read more about our measureable impact here.


Be the catalyst for social change

As a philanthropic partner, you will clearly see the impact of your generosity. Vinnies NSW operates with full transparency and accountability at all times and offers regular reporting.

You’ll also receive regular invitations to philanthropic events on topics such as homelessness, youth at risk, domestic violence, addiction, and social advocacy, where you can meet like-minded peers.

This is your opportunity to play a vital role in your community and enjoy a meaningful partnership with a trusted charitable organisation.


Bring hope and transform lives

Vinnies NSW can align your particular philanthropic interests with targeted projects to support vulnerable people and communities.

To commence a tailored partnership with Vinnies NSW or through a family trust, foundation or private ancillary fund, please contact Dhara Barot on 0414 089 313, via email or complete the enquiry form below.

Dhara Barot would be delighted to speak with you confidentially about how your support can make a difference.

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With over 37,000 people currently without a safe and secure place to live in NSW, Vinnies provides short-to-medium-term accommodation, food vans, clothing and casework support for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

The Matthew Talbot Hostel Primary Healthcare Clinic is Sydney’s most recognisable and trusted place for men experiencing homelessness to seek healthcare and support, while Our Lady of the Way is a safe haven from homelessness and an escape from domestic and family violence for women, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are just two examples of our services addressing homelessness. To ensure people on low incomes have access to a safe and secure home, we also proactively invest in social housing.

Your partnership with us will ensure Vinnies NSW can continue to work towards ending homelessness for vulnerable Australians.

Matthew Talbot Hostel Clinic


Domestic Violence

Vinnies NSW has a range of services to assist women and children experiencing domestic violence. We have been working in this area for almost 50 years and in 2017 supported a total of 73,331 people. Domestic violence was one of the three main reasons people contact us. We work with people from culturally and linguistically diverse background, Indigenous Australians, women over 55, single women, women, and children.

We assist them by providing emergency accommodation, material assistance, rental assistance, financial management, advocacy, legal rights, court support, living skills support, support group and activities, Intensive referrals, community networks etc.

Our Lady of the Way crisis accommodation

Breaking the cycle of domestic violence


Community Development

More than three million Australians are living beneath the poverty line. People, through no fault of their own, are caught in a cycle of unsecure work, or due to chronic illness, are simply unable to make ends meet. It is heartbreaking that many of those struggling are children.

Vinnies NSW community development programs build individual and family resilience and promote meaningful participation in the community. We offer everything from education and skills development to schools-based youth development programs, to inclusive and accepting community groups, to casework support and counselling. We even at a local level we offer tailored support to ensure people don’t go hungry and can afford to keep the lights on. Vinnies conducts home visits and gives a ‘hand up’ to help get food on the table and pay utility bills. We also advocate at a policy level against the unacceptably low rate of Jobseeker Payment and the punitive cashless welfare card.

Through a meaningful partnership with Vinnies NSW, you can help stop families, and especially vulnerable children, from going hungry.

Ozanam early intervention Learning Centre

Vinnies for You


Emergency Response

The current drought in NSW is now officially the worst on record. There is a severe impact not just on farmers, but entire regional communities. Vinnies is doing what we have always done – providing a ‘hand up’ to those in need. In the past year we have supported more than 3,000 drought-affected families with food, water and necessities. This has been achieved through our own funds, raised with the support of generous Australians like you, and the Commonwealth Government’s $30 million drought assistance package.

Vinnies NSW responded to the catastrophic bushfires in northern NSW in late September 2019, and later expanded to support the many communities affected by the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20 across Queensland, NSW, the ACT, Victoria and South Australia. Our presence embedded in communities across the fire-devastated areas meant that Vinnies was often the first to render assistance immediately after the destruction. We are providing assistance in the form of cash payments, delivering food, clothing, essential items, grocery vouchers, crisis accommodation, paying bills etc.

With your investment, Vinnies NSW can continue to support regional Australian families who are currently at breaking point.

Bushfire response update