What is the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Social Justice?
The Caroline Chisholm Centre for Social Justice is a drop-in style centre offering a range of early intervention services to the local residents and community. This assistance is provided in the form of emergency support through financial aid, food vouchers, budget counselling including arranging payment plans, access to the No Interest Loan Scheme for medium to large purchases, social worker support to help understand Centrelink matters, FACs issues, guidance, referrals and advocacy, counselling for emotional and mental health issues, art therapy and other creative outlets as well as support to enter education and potentially a pathway to study a University degree through the Clemente program.
Who can access this service?
The Caroline Chisholm Centre for Social Justice delivers support services and programs for the wider Western Sydney community. The only programs restricted to specific residential zones are the No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS) and Financial Aid programs which are available only for the residents of Emerton, Dharuk, Wilmott, Tregear, Shalvey, Lethbridge Park, Ropes Crossing and Shane Park. Anyone experiencing budget strain, housing stress, disadvantage, homelessness or is struggling to make ends meet is encouraged to seek out assistance from the Centre.
The Caroline Chisholm Centre for Social Justice has built a strong relationship working alongside its neighbour Anglicare with a reciprocal arrangement for referrals in place. This relationship is mutually beneficial and ensures that more people can be helped within the local community.
Where is the service located?
The Caroline Chisholm Centre for Social Justice is located in its new premises in an industrial area at 94 Kurrajong Ave, Mount Druitt.
It is up the hill from Anglicare and approximately 1km from the Westfield Mt Druitt. A train station and taxi rank are within a 20min walk and the nearest bus stop is the Luxford Rd/ Wainwright Rd stop on the 674 and 780 Bus Routes.
Who benefits from The Caroline Chisholm Centre for Social Justice?
The Centre is open to people and families from all walks of life currently experiencing a tough time and needing assistance, this might be in the form of food and help paying utility bills or emotional support; all is on offer at the Centre. The Centre also assists people sleeping rough and people experiencing homelessness.
The centre’s programs and services include counselling, art therapy, creative outlets, learning opportunities, budget counselling, social work and financial aid to name just a few. If the centre is unable to help directly, team members refer clients on to a service provider or outlet that can assist, and receives reciprocal referrals from other providers.
Can I volunteer for this service?
The Caroline Chisholm Centre for Social Justice appreciates all support provided to build the capacity of the Centre and allow further assistance to people and families seeking out the help of Vinnies. The Centre regularly needs the volunteer assistance of professionals with skills in legal, finance, education or other professions to help members of the community navigate complex benefits systems and government processes. Vinnies can always find a place or a need for volunteer efforts that offset the costs associated with running services, so please contact the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Social Justice for more information.
How can I find out more about The Caroline Chisholm Centre for Social Justice?
For more information, or to offer assistance, contact the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Social Justice on 02 8804 3434 or email CCC.Reception@vinnies.org.au