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 centres in both Kings Cross and Bondi, youth space and outreach service, mental health program, twilight team, 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.
Each year, thousands of people visit Wayside for assistance in gaining equitable access to essential health, welfare and related services.
In the last year alone, Wayside provided, amongst other services, 7,680 community meals, 6,776 changes of clothing, 14,100 hours of support to people with a long-term mental health issue, and 1,991 social and recreational activities for the whole community to participate in. People purchased over 86,100 low cost items in our café, there were 6,699 instances of support for youth at risk and 8,703 members of the community visited Wayside to learn more about our work.
Overall, 79,300 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.