Parramatta Mission has been providing services to people who are homeless, people facing crisis and people living with mental illness for over 40 years. The Mission’s broader history can be traced back to the opening of the first Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on the current head office site in 1821. Parramatta Mission’s expansive community programs were born out of the early Wesleyan’s ethos of outreach, community and inclusiveness.
Today, Parramatta Mission is one of the largest providers of community mental health services in New South Wales, as well as one of the largest providers of community services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Western Sydney.
UnitingCare Australia is the national body for the UnitingCare Network, one of the largest providers of community services in Australia. With over 1,600 sites, the network employs 39,000 staff and is supported by the work of over 28,000 volunteers. We provide services to children, young people and families, Indigenous Australians, people with disabilities, the poor and disadvantaged, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and older Australians in urban, rural and remote communities.
Mission Australia's Triple Care Farm is part of its network of care, support and training for homeless and troubled youth. Nestled in the secluded Southern Highlands of NSW, it provides a safe and stable environment for young people. The program at Triple Care Farm combines residential care, vocational training, education, counselling, placement and aftercare. The aim is to help young people get back on track so that they can live up to potential, realise goals, learn and grow.
The Transcultural Mental Health Centre is a state-wide organisation funded by the NSW Health that aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities through a community capacity building approach with a whole of lifespan focus. The TMHC seeks to achieve this through working in partnership with mental health services, consumers, carers and the community, NGO sector, ethno-specific services and other relevant government departments.
Overview WESDARC is a not-for-profit, Incorporated, Non-Government Organisation (NGO) with Authority to fundraise under the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991, operating for the benefit of the community both independently and in partnership with a broad range of Government and Non-government agencies. Philosophy Education and community development can minimise the harm associated with alcohol and other drug use as well as change the belief and value systems that support this. Vision WESDARC operates from within the community to promote the principles of harm minimisation in a creative and responsive way that reflects an understanding of the diversity of social, cultural and environmental needs of people living in Penrith, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury.
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.