What is the Sydney Night Patrol?
Sydney Night Patrol is a Special Work of the St Vincent de Paul Society and a part of the Sydney Vinnies Van Services. The service consists of two vans, operating seven nights per week excluding New Year’s Eve, providing a meal, blankets, toiletries, snacks, hot beverages and most importantly, companionship to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness within the inner city of Sydney. Last year 84,000 light meals were prepared and distributed by our teams.
Who can access the vans?
Anyone can approach the Sydney Night Patrol Vans when they see them out and about in Sydney. We especially encourage people who are living rough or in overcrowded or insecure accommodation to access the service. This service is delivered at no charge to people who use it.
Where are the vans located?
Our Sydney Night Patrol Vans operate in the streets of the inner-city. They are staffed by over 2500 volunteers who work to provide meals, companionship and referral services to people in need. You’ll recognise us by our white vans sporting the blue St Vincent de Paul Society logo.
Our locations and times for 2016 are as follows:
Eddie Ward Park – Devonshire Street, Surry Hills: 7:30pm – 8:15pm and 9:45pm – 10:30pm
Martin Place – Phillip Street, Sydney: 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Belmore Park – Eddie Ave, Haymarket: 10:45pm – 11:30pm
What are the benefits of accessing this service?
We offer a reliable service that provides people who are experiencing homeless or at risk of homelessness with a meal, warm drink, snack and conversation, helping break through the barriers of loneliness and isolation that many living on the fringe of society suffer. Volunteers are able to show people in need that people do care, creating a genuine community of friends from all walks of life. We can also provide information for people to access services to assist them further as required.
Can I volunteer for Sydney Night Patrol?
Sydney Night Patrol is very fortunate in that we have many more volunteers than we have regular vacancies and at this stage Sydney Night Patrol is currently at capacity for volunteers until further notice. We are however looking for volunteers for Liverpool Night Patrol so please let us know should you be interested.
There are other volunteering opportunities within the Society that can be found here: https://www.vinnies.org.au/page/Get_Involved/Become_a_volunteer/NSW/
Another way to get involved with the Society is also to become a Conference member. A conference is a team of volunteers who work to support those doing it tough in their own community. Conferences can be established within any community such as a parish, town, suburb, school, university, workplace, ethnic or social group providing they are endorsed by an appropriate Council within the Society. Conference members meet regularly, usually weekly but at least fortnightly and no work of charity is foreign to them. For example, they may assist families by providing food vouchers or prepare and deliver Christmas hampers. For more information click on the below link: https://www.vinnies.org.au/icms_docs/175896_Conference_Member_-_Various_Locations.pdf
Alternatively you may wish to support Sydney Vinnies Van Services through the donation of toiletries.
How can I find out more?
For more information, volunteer enquiries or to make a donation, please contact our Sydney Vinnies Van Coordinator on:
Phone: (02) 9518 0303