Wayside operates a range of services that place dignity, respect and love at the heart of their approach. Our programs and spaces see everyone as a person to be met, not a problem to be solved.
Community Services Centres
Wayside Chapel’s Community Services Centre’s (CSC) – one in Kings Cross and one in Bondi – have been providing community services to members of the eastern suburbs since 1964. CSC staff and volunteers work together, seven days a week, to provide those of our community who are experiencing homelessness and social isolation with a safe space and vital essentials such as showers and emergency clothing, as well as information and referral services within the Inner City.
- Referrals for short and long-term crisis accommodation and housing
- Weekly onsite legal, health, and counselling clinics in collaboration with Homeless Persons’ Legal Service, Centrelink and St Vincent’s Homeless Health
- Referral services to health and welfare agencies
- Personalised care-coordination
- Meeting spaces for self-help and community groups like SMART Recovery program for people experiencing addiction
At Wayside, we see everyone as a person to be met, not a problem to be solved. We work through meeting people rather than working on them – we never greet anyone at the door with a clipboard or a form with boxes to tick. The issues facing visitors to Wayside are varied and complex, including domestic violence, mental health, homelessness, social isolation, grief & loss, probation & parole.
Kings Cross (29 Hughes St Potts Point) – 9am – 9pm
Bondi (77 Roscoe St Bondi Beach) – 9am – 3pm
Our Women’s Program offers all visitors to Wayside who identify as women, the choice to access a dedicated and safe space, and the opportunity to receive gender-specific support tailored to their individual experiences.
The Wayside Chapel Women’s Program provides:
- A women’s only safe space accessible only by lift, complete with kitchen, laundry facilities, shower, and consultation room.
- Specialised female care coordinators available to work on complex cases with referrals to other agencies including housing, welfare, addiction, and legal support.
- Specialised Domestic & Family Violence Care Coordinator.
- Community and connection with women through daily activities and monthly outings.
- Mother’s support groups.
At Wayside, we see everyone as a person to be met, not a problem to be solved. We work through meeting people rather than working on them – we never greet anyone at the door with a clipboard or a form with boxes to tick.
Contact: [email protected]
The Wayside cafes in Kings Cross and Bondi Beach provide low-cost meals and beverages in a warm, relaxed and friendly environment. Our cafes are the busiest and liveliest part of Wayside, with people from all walks of life coming together for a meal, a coffee or simply to spend time together in a safe place.
While our cafe meals are not free, they are extremely affordable. Items range from 20c to $4. This is consistent with the greater Wayside mentality of a hand up rather than a handout and helps to provide our visitors with the dignity of choice.
The Wayside cafes offer an invitation into community, where people can come together and enjoy delicious, healthy food and the company of others.
Kings Cross (29 Hughes St Potts Point) – Mon – Fri: 9am – 9pm, Sat – Sun: 9am – 4pm
Bondi (77 Roscoe St Bondi Beach) – Mon – Fri: 9am – 3pm
Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Wayside Chapel’s Aboriginal Cultural Centre is a new program that is designed to support our Aboriginal visitors moving from a state of trauma to reconnecting with their cultural strengths.
The program is guided by the Aboriginal Healing Framework, which utilises holistic, culturally safe, strength-based approach to engage visitors and improve their wellbeing. Indigenous visitors are invited into this safe space for connection, activities and engagement in a culturally intelligent and trauma-informed way.
The program operates on Level 2 of Wayside Chapel Kings Cross and is open from Monday – Thursday 10am – 2pm. Visitors also have access to counselling, advocacy, referrals and other forms of support, as well as cultural activities and mob lunches.
When the people we support get back on their feet, the first thing they often want to do is find work or a meaningful vocation to enrich their life. It may seem like a straightforward step but for people with little or no experience, getting into a job or training can involve a long and bumpy road that often ends in frustration and defeat rather than employment. A little extra help goes a long way.
Wayside’s Pathways Program offers support to people across all program areas at Wayside. The project matches people who are ready to move into work or training with organisations that want to make a difference in the community.
Wayside is committed to creating more pathways for our visitors and making this program a key strategic initiative for the organisation. Wayside also now employs 11 supported employees (15% of Wayside’s total workforce).