St Vincent de Paul Society

The St Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Society is a lay Catholic organisation that aspires to live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.

It has more than 60,000 members and volunteers, who work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. Internationally, the Society operates in 140 countries and has over 800,000 members.

The SVdP Society was founded by a 20 year old student named Frederic Ozanam in 1833. It was established by like-minded individuals who wished to put their faith into action. This compassionate outlook, enthusiasm and vision continues today in Australia. There are thousands of people who every day share their time, care for humanity and energy to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged people all around the country.

The SVdP Society has a large presence in the Diocese of Wollongong, offering special works and services in the areas of homelessness and crisis support, emergency relief, mental health and isolation support, education support, food services, disability support, accommodation options and referral pathways.

In 2017, there were 33 parish-based conferences consisting of 434 members conducting 18,539 home visits to vulnerable people in the diocese. Additionally, they have 1,457 volunteers in the diocese who assist in various special works in SVdP Centres and in other capacities. In 2017, members clocked up 7,691 hours serving the mission through volunteering.

The SVdP Society run 25 centres of charity in the diocese where donated goods are collected, sorted and either given to people requiring assistance or sold at reasonable prices to our customers to support our charitable works. They also run 3 bulk container deposit centres as part of the NSW Government’s Container Deposit Scheme. These facilities help community members, schools, organisations and businesses take advantage of the Return and Earn program to raise funds in support of their operations. Vinnies’ participation in the program helps to support the many services provided by the Society through additional revenue, with a handling fee earned for every container processed through the facilities.

The SVdP Society in the diocese also operate holiday units at Gerroa and Mollymook providing respite for families/individuals experiencing difficulties.

There are also SVdP high school conferences and “Mini Vinnies” in a number of diocesan primary schools involved in charitable works of different kinds. They also run a young adult conference and group involved in activities for disadvantaged children, fundraising and advocacy.

General referrals

Not sure what support you need?
Contact the St Vincent de Paul Society general referral line:
Free Call: 1800 4 SUPPORT / (1800 478 776)
Web: www.vinnies.org.au

Wollongong Central Council Office

PO Box 5259
Minto NSW 2566
Ph: (02) 9820 8223
Fax: (02) 9820 9058
Email: [email protected]

Works and services directory

Addiction support

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Rendu House—Drug and Alcohol Day Program (Macarthur)

Provides community based case management and drug and alcohol treatment services.
local_phone (02) 4621 5500

Disability support

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Ability Links (Macarthur and Southern Highlands)

Supporting people with disabilities, their families and carers, and linking with businesses and organisations in the community.
local_phone (02) 8622 0456
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NDIS (Macarthur and Southern Highlands)

Provides a range of essential local area coordination services to transition people living with disability into the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
local_phone 1800 794 934

Homelessness and crisis support

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Illawarra Homeless Coordination Services (Illawarra)

Specialist support to people who are experiencing (or at risk of) homelessness. Includes a community centre with showers, toilets and laundry facilities. Also includes case management and welfare assistance
pin_drop 16 Miller Street, Coniston NSW 2500
local_phone (02) 4228 8140
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John Purcell House (Shoalhaven)

Provides short term crisis accommodation service for men aged 21 years or over who are experiencing (or at risk of) homelessness.
local_phone (02) 4428 6207
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Jim Da Silva Farm (Shoalhaven)

Provides medium to long-term accommodation for men experiencing homelessness who are dealing with ongoing drug and alcohol issues, mental illness and emotional disturbances.
local_phone (02) 4423 0640
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Macarthur Case Management Services (Macarthur)

Specialist homelessness service assisting women and their children who are experiencing (or at risk of) homelessness, or are escaping domestic or family violence. Includes crisis accommodation services, case management, support and advocacy.
pin_drop 86–88 Queen Street, Campbelltown NSW 2560
local_phone (02) 4621 5590
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Animation Project—Social Change, Community Advocacy and Social Action (Macarthur)

Support for residents in public housing areas in the Macarthur.
pin_drop 24 Iolanthe Street, Campbelltown NSW 2560
local_phone (02) 4621 5590
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Animation Project—Kalon House of Welcome (Macarthur)

Fortnightly community lunches on Tuesdays.
pin_drop 3 Withers Way, Claymore NSW 2559
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Nagle Centre (Macathur)

Support centre in Campbelltown for people and families experiencing crisis. Support includes food vouchers, financial assistance with bills and clothing, advocacy support and a community kitchen.
pin_drop 22 Iolanthe Street, Campbelltown NSW 2560
local_phone (02) 4628 2928
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Southern Highlands Homeless Service (Southern Highlands)

Provides support to people of all ages who are experiencing (or at risk of) homelessness, as well as adolescent and family counselling.
pin_drop 502 Argyle Street, Moss Vale NSW 2577
local_phone (02) 4861 4847
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Vinnies Van (Illawarra and Shoalhaven)

Delivers food and blankets, and provides friendship, support and compassion for people experiencing (or at risk of) homelessness.
local_phone (02) 5612 1357

Mental health and isolation support

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Compeer Friendship Program (Illawarra and Shoalhaven)

Community mental health program that aims to improve the quality of life and self-esteem of adults with a mental illness through friendship and companionship.
local_phone (02) 4276 4229
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Compeer Friendship Program (Macarthur and Southern Highlands)

Community mental health program that aims to improve the quality of life and self-esteem of adults with a mental illness through friendship and companionship.
local_phone (02) 4627 9180
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Compeer Recreation Program (Illawarra)

Assists people who are socially isolated as a result of a mental illness or other circumstances through social activities and outings.
local_phone (02) 4276 4241
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Rosalie Rendu Home Visitation Program (Macarthur)

Home visitation program in the Macquarie Fields social housing estate and others who are experiencing social exclusion with limited access to community services.
local_phone (02) 9605 1000

Education support

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Clemente Program (Macarthur)

Free university supported education program at the Nagle Centre with a library, computers, internet access, printers and learning partners for the students.
local_phone (02) 4628 2928

Youth

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St Vincent de Paul Society Youth

Groups of young people across the diocese, living the Society's mission through helping the disadvantaged, visiting prisoners and the elderly, helping with emergency visitation and deepening their spirituality and friendships.
local_phone 0422 724 917