Wayside Chapel is excited to announce we are accepting volunteers and recommencing inductions again in 2024! Please create a volunteer profile in Better Impact and you will receive an email when we release the dates for the inductions!

We look forward to meeting you!

Individual volunteering

Wayside is blessed with more than 600 active volunteers who cover over 250 shifts each and every week at Wayside. Without the commitment of our volunteers, we simply could not open the doors each day.

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.


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

‘Awayside Days’, our Corporate Group Volunteering Program, provides a unique way for teams of up to 10 people to develop skills, build relationships and give back to the community.

Located close to the CBD, this memorable team-building experience will involve learning about life on the streets and the work of Wayside Chapel, as well as the preparation of a two-course lunch to share with some of Sydney’s most vulnerable people – many of whom are experiencing homelessness.

Participants will gain a richer understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness, gain new perspectives on the lives of those less fortunate, and finish the day with a very full heart!

By participating in our Corporate Group Volunteering Program, your organisation can increase its social impact knowing that all proceeds go back to supporting the people in our community who need it most.

Awayside Days are held on Thursdays from 9:30am to 3pm. Please arrive at 9:15am. The cost is $3,000 plus GST which covers all activities on the day, and contributes to the running of Wayside’s Café which serves over 85,000 meals each year.

Please download our FAQ sheet for more information (click here)


Email: [email protected]

Phone: (02) 9581 9100

Supporting tertiary students

The Wayside Chapel has a proud history promoting education and supporting students. We provide opportunities for students to complete placement requirements for TAFE, University and specialist colleges in subjects such as Community Welfare, Alcohol & Other Drugs, Youth Work, Social Work, PR, Arts and Commerce.

Interested students, please email your resume and course details to [email protected]. Or for more info, please get in touch.