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Community and school volunteering

By engaging the community and students, we strengthen social awareness around the issues affecting people who are experiencing homelessness and disadvantage.

Please note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our Dining Hall remains closed for sit-down dining until further notice to keep our community safe. In the meantime, we will continue to offer daily takeaway meals.

As a result of this temporary change to how we delivery services at Sacred Heart Mission we are at capacity and cannot support any new requests for volunteering opportunities from school groups in either our Dining Hall or op shop programs.

School volunteering

Sacred Heart Mission welcomes student groups and teenagers aged 15 years and above to volunteer at our Meals Program and op shops.

Our lunch shift for the Meals Program is 9am-2pm and we can cater for a maximum of four students per shift (plus one teacher or supervisor). The Meals Program is only open to volunteering teens and students who are 15 years and over, who must be accompanied by a suitable supervisor.

For further information about schools and youth volunteering please contact our volunteer office by phone: 0400 497 139 or email volunteer@sacredheartmission.org

Community volunteering

Sacred Heart Mission welcomes community groups, 15 years old and above, to volunteer at our Meals Program and op shops.

If you are interested in learning more about community group volunteering with us, contact: volunteer@sacredheartmission.org

Together, we provide so much more than just a meal

View video transcript

A meal is just the beginning …

We talked to our staff and clients about what makes Sacred Heart Mission unique and how it supports people to live the life they want to live.

Hear from our clients Asma, Cheryl and Graham, and from our team members Stephen (Executive Director), Kirsty (Meals Program Coordinator), Elizabeth (former Manager Women’s Services), Santi (Life Matters Coordinator) and Hala (Case Manager):

Stephen: Homelessness is an absence of home. It’s an absence of safety and security, privacy. It’s also that absence of connection.

Kirsty: Everything starts here in the Dining Hall at Sacred Heart Mission. For a lot of people it’s their first point of contact with our service. It’s a really important place to begin.

Elizabeth: Sacred Heart Mission is a not-for-profit organisation that’s been in existence for over 35 years now.

Stephen: We form a community that cares for community issues to make sure that people can make sustainable change in their lives.

Cheryl: Sacred Heart is part of my life. When I first experienced homelessness, I didn’t know anywhere that could help me in those days.

Graham: I had someone say, ‘I’ve got just the place for you’, and they brought me to Sacred Heart.

Asma: The people here are really good people. Very nice people. They helped me for everything here.

Kirsty: We open at seven o’clock every morning, 365 days a year.

Stephen: There’s no requirement. There’s nothing that you have to do other than just turn up. Easy engagement into the support. We will then wrap services around people, community engagement type services, clinical services, housing support.

Santi: Most of the residents here always say that the number one quality they feel here is safe.

Graham: I think a lot of people who get the opportunity to move in here, are going to feel a million dollars. This is really special.

Asma: I have very, very, very good experience with Sacred Heart. They helped me to find a permanent house.

Elizabeth: All staff are trained to provide a trauma informed approach, a flexible and individualised response.

Hala: We work on five different goal areas. The main one is housing, but we also work in health and wellbeing, social participation, economic participation, and independence.

Elizabeth: Building a relationship that’s based on trust, respect and kindness.

Stephen: Creating connection, creating relationship, and then passing that over to the community.

Graham: We like to think of ourselves as a family

Cheryl: The friendships I’ve made, made me feel loved.

Stephen: With that, people will be able to sustain their housing.

Cheryl: I’m in a block of flats that’s all women living in them. I feel safe, secure; cooking my own meals again.

Asma: It’s my home.

Elizabeth: It’s amazing to watch their belief in themselves and their self-esteem just grow.

Cheryl: A big thanks to the people that have donated.

Asma: They helped me and they helped many people.

Graham: It gives you an opportunity to live life again.

Stephen: We are asking everyone to be part of the solution, not just for those experiencing homelessness, but the reward that we all get when we connect.