Vinnies Van Illawarra and Shoalhaven
What is the Vinnies Van?
The Vinnies Van operates five nights per week, providing friendship, compassion and dignity to those experiencing homelessness and social isolation in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions. In the 2017-18 financial year, the Vinnies Van provided more than 16,500 meals and a range of essential items to support those in need. The service also helps foster connections between clients and other support services through referrals.
Who can access the Vinnies Van?
Anyone can reach out to the Vinnies Van. We provide a non-judgemental service and will not refuse assistance to anyone who approaches us. The service is provided free of charge and we encourage those who are living on the streets or in overcrowded or insecure accommodation to access the service.
Where does the Vinnies Van operate?
Look out for the Vinnies Van at the following sites:
- Warrawong Community Centre – Greene Street, 5.30pm to 6pm (Mondays and Wednesdays)
- Wollongong Train Station (western side) – 6.30pm to 7pm (Mondays and Wednesdays)
- Nowra Gateway Caravan Park – helicopter car park, 5.30pm to 6pm (Tuesdays)
- Albion Park Rail Community Centre – cnr Ash Avenue and Tongarra Road, 5.30pm to 6pm (Thursdays)
- Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre – Cawley Street, 5.30pm to 6pm (Fridays)
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 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 those in need that people do care, creating a genuine community of friends from all walks of life.
Other services include information/referral to support services and material aid (blankets and swags, toiletries, hygiene packs and the like).
Can I volunteer for the Vinnies Van?
To become a Vinnies Van volunteer you must be aged 16 years or over and available to attend induction training upon commencement. Please contact the Vinnies Van coordinator for further information.
How can I find out more?
For more information, please contact our office:
Phone – 02 4228 8140
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Vinnies Van service is made possible through the generous support of the Wollongong Catholic Education Office and other donors.