Some people are fortunate to have supportive families, friends and neighbours to help them navigate through difficult times; for those that don’t, there’s Wayside Chapel. Here are just a few of their stories.

Byron’s Story

After a relationship breakdown, 55-year-old Byron’s life spiralled and he was resigned to life on the streets. Now he has a home, a community of

Lisa’s Story

Lisa has been a visitor of Wayside Chapel for over 15 years. Lisa had been sleeping rough for many years before she arrived at Wayside

Allan’s Story

Allan first came to Wayside at just 14 years old. Allan was 10 years old when he became a carer to his mother who was living

The rainbow flag flying in the wind

Andrew’s Story

Content warning: this story contains retelling of traumatic experiences Andrew has been coming to Wayside Chapel for the last two years. Although he had already

Giving Back to the Community

Josh has experienced homelessness on-and-off since he was 18 years old. Trauma and grief led Josh to begin sleeping on the streets. After his dad

Josh Peachey holds a thank you sign in front of a wall painted with the colours of the Aboriginal flag

A Story of Hope

“To me, Wayside is family. It’s community. It’s a place that I can come and have a laugh, where you feel loved, valued and honoured.”

Jimbo opens the door to our Community Hall

Jimbo’s Story

Jimbo was a regular visitor to Wayside, a quiet, pensive soul rarely seen without his trademark patterned poncho. In December 2018, Jimbo sadly passed away.

The Real Me

Bec* is beloved at Wayside. In fact, by the time she had finished telling her story, three people came up and hugged her, just because

Big Dale’s Big Break

“All I want is just to have a house and stay-put”. Dale has been homeless since the age of 16, travelling up and down the

Life’s a Beach

In December 2016, James* had an amazing life. He had just moved from New Zealand to live with his partner in Bondi Beach. He had