Wayside Chapel’s Response to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Wayside Chapel is implementing and updating our response to coronavirus in relation to our provision of services to visitors, as well as addressing work, health, and safety concerns for staff, volunteers, and community programs. Wayside Chapel is continuing to follow the advice of the Australian Government, Chief Medical Officer and the Australian Government Department of Health and working with program partners to ensure that all possible procedures are put in place to minimise risks relating to coronavirus and community transmission.

Operational Change Update – 3 August 2021 

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown across Greater Sydney, Wayside Chapel is imposing the following restrictions:

  • CSC Kings Cross and Bondi will reduce opening hours to 9:30am to 1pm (Bondi from 9am) for practical assistance and emergency care coordination
  • Low Cost Cafes will be takeaway only from 10.30 to 12pm
  • The Aboriginal Cultural Centre and After Hours Homelessness Hub will be temporarily suspended until further notice, with staff being redeployed to CSCs and outreach services
  • Service offerings will be narrowed to emergency care coordination and limited practical assistance including showers and basic clothes – all high touch zones will be minimised
  • Foot and van outreach teams will deliver care packs to people experiencing homelessness and people isolated in their homes
  • Temporary accommodation, provided by NSW Government, will be assertively promoted to visitors sleeping rough for the period of lockdown and longer should they be seeking permanent housing, in both our outreach and CSC program
  • Our op shops have moved back online! Shop for good here. Our physical stores will remain closed.
  • We will be accepting donations of items to our Kings Cross chute only (in Orwell Lane, in the laneway next to Wayside Chapel Kings Cross) between Tuesday – Thursday every week. All other times it will be closed.
  • Heart Cafe will be open for takeaway only.
  • We will ONLY accept the following items:
    • men and women’s clothing
    • underwear, bras and socks
    • towels
    • sleeping bags and blankets
    • accessories
    • shoes
    • bric-a-brac
    • plant pots
    • books
  • Chapel services at both Kings Cross and Bondi will be cancelled, however a service will be streamed from Kings Cross weekly with the small group of people required to facilitate that onsite. Watch it here
  • No non-essential activities will be happening in any of our buildings
  • Masks are now mandatory

We will get through this. Any questions, please call (02) 9581 9100 or email [email protected] (Mon – Fri 9am -5pm)

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