What is the Vinnies Van?
The Vinnies Van provides friendship, compassion and dignity to those experiencing homelessness and social isolation in the Mount Druitt and Parramatta areas. It also provides food and referral. It operates 364 days per year and provided 8,790 meals last year.
Who can access the Vinnies Van?
Anyone can approach the Vinnies Van when they see it at Mount Druitt or Parramatta. We provide a non-judgmental service and will not refuse assistance to anyone who approaches the Vinnies Van. We especially encourage people who are living on the streets or in overcrowded or insecure accommodation to access the service. The service is provided free of charge to all we assist.
Where is the Vinnies Van located?
The Vinnies Van visits Mt Druitt at 8:30pm - 9:15pm in the cul-de-sac of Kelly Close. Later in the night we visit Parramatta from 9:45pm - 10:30pm at Prince Alfred Park, corner of Marist Place and Victoria Road. You will recognise us from the white van sporting the blue St Vincent de Paul Society logo.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Vinnies van will be running on an interim roster and schedule. The van will now go out Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and will be at Mount Druitt 8.30pm- 9pm and Parramatta 9.30pm-10pm.
What are the benefits of accessing this service?
We offer a reliable service that provides people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness with a warm drink, snack and conversation on a cold night, helping break through the barriers of loneliness and isolation that many living on the fringe of society suffer. Volunteers are able to show those in need that people do care, creating a genuine community of friends from all walks of life.
Can I volunteer for the Vinnies Van?
To become a volunteer of Vinnies Van you must be 16 years of age and over and available to attend induction training upon commencement. Please note that Vinnies Van has currently reached volunteer capacity, but we would love you to support the service through donations of blankets (microfiber/polar fleece) or toiletries.
How can I find out more?
For more information, please contact our office
Phone: (02) 8861 9700