Wayside Youth

Supporting young people at risk is one of the most
important facets of Wayside’s work. Kings Cross continues to be a dangerous place for young people, where the opportunity for criminal activity and the ready access to alcohol and drugs can put them at great risk.

From Monday to Saturday, Wayside Youth provides a safe and supportive environment for all young people with a particular focus on those living rough in the Kings Cross area.

Wayside Youth provides two distinct support projects:

  • Drop-In Centre
  • Outreach Service

Drop-in Centre

The drop-in centre is open Monday to Saturday and is the only specific drop-in space for young people in Kings
Cross. The space provides a laundry and shower facilities, breakfast and dinner programs, activities, outings and transitional case work support. Most importantly, it provides a safe place to spend the day.

Youth workers provide:

  • Information on topics including alcohol and other drugs & mental health.
  • Advocacy including court support.
  • Referrals for accommodation, health and welfare.
  • Transportation for young people to reconnect with families and support networks.

Breakast Program

Wayside Youth's free breakfast program runs from 9-11am. Young people can sit down to coffee, tea, toast, cereal and fruit as well as bacon and eggs on Mondays. A healthy meal in a friendly, community setting ensures the oportunity for a positive start to the day.

Food for Thought

Each week, as part of the "Food for Thought" program, a different guest is invited to dinner and encouraged to share their experiences and knowledge. The dinner is prepared by the young people who access the service. The program has three simple goals: to build a sense of community and "family"; to give young people an opportunity to discuss different topics and see different lifestyles; and to provide positive role models.

Guests so far have included: actors, Claudia Karvan & Zoe Naylor; comedian, Eddie Perfect; Sydney Swans captain, Craig Bolton; chef, Janni Kyritsis; and TV Presenter, Maeve O’Meara.

Saturday Our Place

The Our Place program allows young people the opportunity to host social events for friends every Saturday. Celebrating events and socialising with a group of friends is vital to fostering a sense of belonging often absent from the young people's home life or upbringing. The program goals are simple:

  1. Promote self esteem, self determination and self worth.
  2. Develop living skills including; meal planning, cooking, budgeting, shopping and cleaning up.
  3. Reduce social isolation.

The Our Place Program is supported by the City Of Sydney.



Regular outreach street walks, covering the Kings Cross and Green Park areas, aim to connect with young people on the street to ensure early intervention and immediate crisis referrals.

Youth workers visit locations frequented by young people in the Kings Cross area on three late nights and
two afternoons each week. Relationships are built and maintained with those at risk in an environment where
there is no power imbalance





 Wayside Youth - Funded by South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service

                             Funded by NSW Health

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