**COVID-19 UPDATE: Wayside has put more saftey measures in place, including asking volunteers to hold off coming in to serve our community for the next few weeks. You are welcome to create a profile in our volunteer portal, so you can be added to our email list for when we can hold the next induction.

For Wayside Chapel’s full statement, click here.**

Individual volunteering

**Thank you for wanting to volunteer with us this season. Please note, Wayside Chapel has put a hold on volunteer inductions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are asking current volunteers to hold off coming in for the next few weeks. For Wayside Chapel’s full statement, click here. 

You are welcome to create a profile in our volunteer portal so you can be added to our email list for when we can hold the next induction.**

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.

Please get in touch with us at [email protected] to find out more about volunteering.

Volunteer Portal


Telephone: 02 9581 9122
Email: [email protected]

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

Book a corporate volunteering experience like no other at Wayside!

Our Corporate Group Volunteering Program, otherwise known as ‘Awayside Days’ allows 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 people in our community.

The experience delivers the whole package – a memorable team building opportunity near the heart of the CBD, the chance to experience life at Wayside, and to cook and serve a lovingly-prepared community lunch.

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.

9:30am – Welcome and introduction to Wayside 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 $2,500 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 each year.

Enquire about an Awayside Day for my team

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.

Student Volunteer Portal


Telephone: 02 9581 9102
Email: [email protected]