Corporate Group Volunteering Program

Book a corporate volunteering experience like no other at Wayside!

The Wayside Chapel Group Volunteering 'Awayside Days' invite a team of around ten people to spend a day in Kings Cross learning about life on the streets and lending a helping hand to the most vulnerable people in our community.

The experience delivers the whole package - a memorable team building opportunity near the heart of the CBD, the chance to experience life at Wayside, and to cook and serve a lovingly-prepared community lunch.

Participants leave with a richer understanding of homelessness, a different perspective of the people they pass in the street, and a whole lot of love.

The sessions are facilitated by Wayside Community Educator Rob Holt who draws on his lived experiences of homelessness and addiction to provide participants with a unique insight into life on the streets and the work Wayside is doing to help people flourish.

9:30am – Welcome and introduction to Wayside services
11am – Informational walking tour through Kings Cross and Woolloomooloo with first hand perspectives and stories of life on the street
11.45am – Prepare a two-course meal in Wayside’s commercial kitchen
1pm – Serve and enjoy lunch in the company of Wayside visitors
2pm - Lunch pack down and clean up
2.30pm – Team debrief
3pm - Leave Wayside

The cost is $2,000 plus GST which covers the full cost of the day plus contributes to the running costs of Wayside’s Café which serves over 85,000 items each year.

Experience a day in the life of a Wayside Group Volunteering Day with our 'Awayside Day' video. Watch it here, or click on the video below.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Lucy Turnbull also recently voice their support of Group Volunteering Days at The Wayside Chapel and strengthened their long-standing support of our work. You can watch the video here, or click on the image below.

About The Wayside Chapel
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’. People marginalised by homelessness, mental health issues and addiction can turn to Wayside for compassion, tolerance and support. Our community services centre, youth space and outreach service, mental health program, twilight team, community cafe and our Aboriginal project are all designed to ensure the most vulnerable members of our community have access to essential health, welfare, social and recreational services.

About Rob Holt
It’s only been four years since Rob first approached Wayside seeking help for alcohol addiction and homelessness, but in that time he’s been able to turn his life around. After four years volunteering in Wayside’s Community Service Centre, Rob recently joined the team as Community Educator. Rob combines his professional experience as a trainer and facilitator with compelling personal anecdotes to engage, challenge and inspire people.

From previous volunteers

"My team and I had an amazing experience at The Wayside Chapel last week and I feel compelled to share it with everyone. We wanted to change up our usual approach to prioritising our strategic planning and decided to spend a day with Wayside. The objective being to get a new perspective, challenge our biases and see how another organisation uses their purpose to prioritise activity and make tough decisions. After a day at Wayside my team and I then reconvened to reflect on the learnings, evaluate our previous quarter’s performance and prioritise our activity for the quarter ahead. By far the most in depth, productive and honest planning session we have had as a team, our Wayside experience was so very, very valuable, applicable and personally rewarding." Tim Rafton, IAG

For more info on Group Volunteering Days, please download our brochure or contact Kamila Chylewski on groupvolunteering@thewaysidechapel.com.

Want to come along to our Group Volunteering breakfast on 27 November 2015? Find out more here.

You can view a copy of our legal agreement here.

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