Our volunteers are the first to greet all visitors at our front desk, to serve customers in our Op Shops and make a hot cuppa for those in need who visit our Cafés.
Our volunteers are incredibly important to us and provide the horsepower for Wayside’s program areas. Volunteers are worth over $1 million each year in terms of the time they give to us and our visitors.
Volunteers have the opportunity to contribute across all of Wayside. Your journey as a Wayside volunteer begins by attending our Volunteer Induction Session. At this session you will gain an understanding of Wayside’s mission, programs and the huge range of opportunities to be involved in our community as a volunteer.
Our next Volunteer Inductions will be held:
Sunday 16 September, 1 – 3pm
Sunday 11 November, 1 – 3pm
Thursday 18 October, 12:30 – 2:30pm
The Wayside Chapel Group Volunteering ‘Awayside Days’ invite 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 members of our community.
The experience delivers the whole package – a memorable team building day near the heart of the CBD, the chance to experience life at Wayside, and the opportunity to cook and serve a lovingly-prepared community lunch for our visitors.
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.
The sessions are facilitated by Wayside Community Educator Rob Holt who draws on his lived experiences of homelessness and addiction to provide participants with unique insights into life on the streets and the work Wayside is doing to help people flourish.
9:30am – Welcome and introduction to Wayside’s 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 $2,100 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 to our visitors each year.