The Wayside Chapel
- Local Reach
The Wayside Chapel has provided unconditional love, care and support for people on and around the streets of Kings Cross since 1964.
Today, under the banner of love over hate, The Wayside Chapel creates a community where there is no ‘us and them’ by breaking down the barriers of judgement and providing a safe place where people from all walks of life are welcome just to ‘be’.
The Wayside Chapel draws people out of social isolation and invites them into the healing place of community. People marginalised by homelessness, mental health issues and substance abuse can turn to Wayside for compassion, tolerance and support.
Our community services centre, youth space and outreach service, mental health program, community cafe and our Aboriginal project are all designed to ensure the most disadvantaged members of our community have access to essential health, welfare, social and recreational services.
In the past year, over 80,000 instances of support were provided to people seeking assistance or just stopping by for a chat and a place where they can find company and acceptance.
Wayside provided, amongst other services, 9,416 community meals, 7,338 1:1 support sessions, 6,528changes of clothing, 3,456 instances of activity-based support to people with a long-term mental health issue, 2,131 applications of first aid and health support, 1,871 referrals to services and agencies and884 social and recreational activities. People purchased 100,636 low cost items in the Cafe and over 4,774 members of the community visited Wayside to learn about our work.
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