For over 140 years we’ve been helping people in our communities that need a hand. From families and the elderly to people who are disadvantaged, vulnerable and isolated we’re there for those who are struggling and suffering through hard times, helping them to feel safe, connected, comforted and hopeful, as well as ensuring they have access to the support services they need.
We’re there in your neighbourhoods because your community is our community too, and at the very heart of these communities are our people who are effecting positive change.
Vinnies volunteers, members and support workers have been there through recent disasters including Black Summer bushfires, Eastern Australia floods and NSW drought to responding to the current Covid-19 pandemic. The work we do provides real and lasting change to those we support, from helping survivors of domestic or family violence to providing homelessness services, creating disability inclusion and employment opportunities, to offering financial support and food vans.
Every day we're honoured to support and work with some outstanding human beings, and these are the stories we share with them. The stories of the people and places that make our communities special.
Every month, we will spotlight the people, stories and communities that connect us all.
Because our community is your community.
Ozanam Learning Centre
The Ozanam Learning Centre is an early intervention centre that supports people who are at imminent risk of homelessness or those who require social inclusion options to prevent them from falling into cycles of disadvantage and marginalisation. The community centre is focused on producing sustainable pathways that provide people with skills, confidence, and opportunities so members can achieve their life goals.
For many years Fred’s Place has been offering light meals, shower and laundry facilities, computer and phone access, support with legal and tenancy issues, and a safe place to have a cuppa and relax. And, as the only homeless drop-in service in the area, it helps around 100 visitors every day in the Tweed Shire. With one of the highest homeless rates in NSW, and many locals living in poverty this is a vital service to support them.
For over 40 years Ozanam Industries has helped enrich the lives of hundreds of Australians living with disability by providing long term meaningful employment to people in the community who experience significant barriers to employment. By offering a supported workplace employees build confidence, learn new skills and take pride in their work, all in a safe, supportive and professional environment.
Vinnies Night Patrol is an assertive mobile outreach service, which acts as an opportunity for people to gather in a place where they will be accepted and not judged. Our vans frequent a variety of locations across Greater Sydney to provide warm food, snack packs, referral to services and a friendly chat.