UPDATE AUGUST 2020: We have moved our Corporate Volunteering Program online! Book in a 2-hour online Team Building session for your workplace. Learn more below.

Team Building with Purpose – become a Wayside Warrior

In partnership with Mobilize, we have launched a Virtual Team Building package that corporate groups can book right now. Read more information below. 

During a time when many are working from home, the Wayside Warriors Challenge is a great way for teams to connect with each other and their community, increase their social impact and have some fun along the way.

The 2-hour online interactive session explores the many ways Wayside Chapel serves the community, and supports people experiencing homelessness and social isolation. Participants will have the opportunity to self-reflect, draw parallels to their team and work environments and consider how their own actions impact others.

Bookings are being taken by the Mobilize team on behalf of Wayside Chapel. To book your Wayside Warriors Challenge, please email [email protected] or call (02) 9158 9600.

Click here to book or learn more about the Wayside Warriors challenge

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (02) 9158 9600

Wayside’s Corporate Group Volunteering Program – “Awayside Days”

UPDATE JANUARY 2021: Wayside Chapel is hoping to restart our Corporate Volunteering Program and School Education Program in early 2021. Please email [email protected] for any inquiries. For the full statement of Wayside Chapel’s response to COVID-19, click here.

Book a corporate volunteering experience like no other at Wayside!

Wayside is largely funded by everyday Australians who believe in our mission and donate funds to help us keep doing what we do.

Our Corporate Group Volunteering Program, otherwise known as ‘Awayside Days’ allows a team of around ten people to spend a day in Kings Cross learning about life on the streets and lending a helping hand to the most vulnerable people in our community.

The experience delivers the whole package – a memorable team building opportunity near the heart of the CBD, the chance to experience life at Wayside, and to cook and serve a lovingly-prepared community lunch.

Participants leave with a richer understanding of homelessness, a different perspective of the people they pass in the street, and a whole lot of love.

9:30am – Welcome and introduction to Wayside services
11am – Informational walking tour through Kings Cross and Woolloomooloo with first hand perspectives and stories of life on the street
11.45am – Prepare a two-course meal in Wayside’s commercial kitchen
1pm – Serve and enjoy lunch in the company of Wayside visitors
2pm – Lunch pack down and clean up
2.30pm – Team debrief
3pm – Leave Wayside

The cost is $2,500 plus GST which covers the full cost of the day plus contributes to the running costs of Wayside’s Café which serves over 85,000 items each year.

Enquire about an Awayside Day for my team

Community Dinners

We are also pleased to announce our new Community Dinner package for corporate groups, which offers teams the chance to prepare a two-course evening meal to share with the Wayside community. This may be particularly suitable for those who are unable to commit to our Awayside Days during business hours.

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  • “My team and I had an amazing experience at The Wayside Chapel last week and I feel compelled to share it with everyone. We wanted to change up our usual approach to prioritising our strategic planning and decided to spend a day with Wayside. The objective being to get a new perspective, challenge our biases and see how another organisation uses their purpose to prioritise activity and make tough decisions. After a day at Wayside my team and I then reconvened to reflect on the learnings, evaluate our previous quarter’s performance and prioritise our activity for the quarter ahead. By far the most in depth, productive and honest planning session we have had as a team, our Wayside experience was so very, very valuable, applicable and personally rewarding.”

    Tim Rafton, IAG


Workplace Giving

Becoming involved in our Workplace Giving program is a simple, easy and affordable way of supporting Wayside Chapel. You can become an active member of this program by donating through your employer’s payroll system from as little as $5 a week.

Workplace Giving is a program that enables you to donate small amounts to Wayside Chapel on a regular basis, through your employer’s payroll department. Each pay period you can nominate to donate a small amount to Wayside Chapel. Your employer will collect this and pass the donation on to Wayside. It makes a huge difference to what we do.

How do I get involved?
There are some simple steps to get involved in workplace giving:

1. Ask your employer if they have a workplace giving program
2. Register for workplace giving at your organisation
3. Nominate The Wayside Chapel as your preferred charity
4. Select the amount per pay period you would like to contribute
5. Stay in touch with us!

Many companies with a workplace giving program will also provide matched donations up to a maximum amount. This means that for every dollar you donate to Wayside Chapel your employer will also donate a dollar – doubling your contribution to what we do. We encourage you to check your employer’s policy on matched giving.

Donations through Workplace Giving are tax deductable and generally the deduction is made at the time of giving, as donations reduce your gross taxable income. Check out the Australian Taxation Office (www.ato.gov.au) for more information on the tax implications of contributing through Workplace Giving.


School Education Program & Students

Wayside Chapel have decided to postpone our School Education Program until early 2021. Please email [email protected] for any inquiries. For the full statement of Wayside Chapel’s response to COVID-19, click here.

Wayside Chapel’s School Education Program provides a unique opportunity for high school students to gain insight into the issues facing people living on and around the streets and the way in which Wayside provides vital support within the community.

The program is structured into two main sessions. The first focuses on engagement and education with a presentation and discussion about the three main issues facing many of Wayside’s visitors: homelessness; drug and alcohol addiction; and mental health.

The second session incorporates a walking tour of Kings Cross and the surrounding area. During the walk the group stops near agencies to learn how they operate, their history and how they answer the needs of those in the community. This session also features real Wayside stories, and concludes with a debrief and opportunity for students to discuss the initiatives they may undertake to lend support for those who are disadvantaged in the community.

The cost is $300 plus GST which goes towards our programs and services for people in need.

Enquire about a School Education Session