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.
When I come here I am treated with dignity and respect. Being able to come to Wayside and have a shower and wash my clothes stops me from slipping into despair. Feeling clean and having something to eat makes all the difference.
Jim, Bondi CSC visitor
When I got the keys to my house and went inside for the first time it was beautiful. I had been sleeping rough for five years and every night I would go to sleep not knowing if I was going to get jumped or robbed. It took a while to settle in but now I’m ready to have a party and say thank you to all the people who helped me get off the streets.
Tony, Kings Cross CSC visitor
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.
“In the old system, we just got whatever was cooked. But today, I had lamb chops… they were beautiful and only cost $2! Far cheaper than anywhere else in Bondi.”
Zel, Bondi café visitor
“I love the café. It’s a great place to relax, sit down and watch TV and doesn’t cost you a fortune. The people are always friendly. I love it here.”
Brett, Kings Cross café visitor
Our Aboriginal Program Workers engage and support Aboriginal visitors and tailor the program to the needs of the Aboriginal community, which makes up around 25% of all visitors to Wayside. Through this service we provide:
Wayside’s Aboriginal Program creates a space where Aboriginal elders and youth come together to be part of a family network.
“Wayside is a place of safety and support for me, especially the Aboriginal program, the mob. The Cross is my playground where I spend time with my partner and my friends.”
Charlie, Aboriginal Program visitor
Through a range of educational, social and recreational group-based activities, participants are encouraged to seek out their vocation, discern what ‘recovery’ means for them and focus on making their future dreams a reality by creating opportunities for themselves each day.
Through this service we provide:
Wayside’s Day to Day Living participants also have the opportunity to take part in Wayside’s Catering Club, which provides catering for meetings, cocktail functions, exhibitions and dinners. This initiative provides income that is directed back into our programs and services, as well as providing an opportunity for our visitors to learn new skills and gain relevant job experience.
People with a plan can contact us at [email protected] to request access to supports.
If you want help preparing for an NIDS planning meeting you can contact Day To Day Living at [email protected] or come in to talk to a Day To Day Living Worker.
A support list has not yet been approved but will be available soon. For more information, check out the NDIS website here.
Day to Day Living have supported me through hard times. It’s amazing, I’m doing stuff I never thought I would do like jumping on a trampoline for my first time with our SkyZone outing to just enjoying lunch in Centennial Park. All services that I use come to Wayside and everyone knows where I’m at and how to support me.”
At Catering Club, we all have different skills and know how to cook different things. It’s all about coming together and sharing these skills. But it’s also about breaking the stereotype and crossing the boundaries in the wider community. We all enjoy it and makes us feel good and we love showing off what we can do.”
Members of the Catering Club
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).
“I didn’t know if I’d ever really be employed again, and I certainly didn’t think it’d happen so quickly. Wayside has been a support for me for years, but I used to just come here to eat and have company. The Pathways stuff was massive though, once I completed the TAFE course I really just felt like I could take on the world.”
Brian, former Wayside supported worker
“I love being part of the local community. I know so many people here, I know their faces, they know my face. All that connection. People get so much strength from Wayside, they get so much comfort.”
Dave, Wayside supported worker
“There’s always something interesting on at Twilight but mostly, it’s just helpful to having somewhere to go at that time of day. At Wayside, you don’t have any money and don’t have to be part of a club.”
Stephen, Twilight visitor
Wayside Youth provides a safe and supportive environment for all young people with a particular focus on those living rough and experiencing family breakdown. Our drop-in centre in Kings Cross provides:
Wayside also operates regular outreach street walks of the local area, aiming to connect with young people on the street to ensure early intervention and immediate crisis referrals.
“When I first came to Wayside when I was younger, I was heaps scared. I’d go in to have a shower then go straight back out. I didn’t feel comfortable at first sticking around engaging or nothing but as the years went by, the workers started making me feel at ease, and now, it’s like home. I got pushed from place-to-place and service-to-service, but Wayside cemented me and helped with a lot of things. Even today they are still helping me.”
Dale, Wayside Youth visitor